Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Last year, a total of 75,000 children failed to clear the hurdle at 11

Pupils who can't read properly by 11 destined for lives of underachievement

Thousands of pupils who fail to read properly by the age of 11 will be sentenced to a lifetime of underachievement, according to a report out today.

Reform of 'messy, muddled' higher education system could see half of Britain's universities closed

Half the country’s universities should be closed in sweeping reforms to the UK’s “messy, muddled” higher education system, according to the former head of the body which represents university vice-chancellors.

Sir Howard Newby, vice-chancellor of Liverpool University says that higher institutions should be able to set their own tuition fees

Let universities set their own tuition fees, urges Liverpool University boss

Universities should be left free to set their own charges for degree courses, according to one of the country’s leading university vice-chancellors.

A new study shows 12 per cent of seven-year-olds with special educational needs claimed they were being bullied

Disability doubles chance of bullying for children

Children with special education needs are twice as likely to suffer from persistent  bullying, according to new research into primary schools published today.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education

Michael Gove approves 38 new free schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove has given the go-ahead for 38 new free schools, bringing the total number in the country to 331.

Chalk Talk: Prominent education figures feature in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Just to note that some of the most prominent figures in the education world over the past two decades are celebrating this week as a result of the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sea Cadets marching in Trafalgar Square last year

Government announces £1m cadet force scheme for state schools

A new £1 million Government bursary scheme will give thousands of state school pupils the opportunity to join new cadet units.

Students look through microscopes during a science class

Science A-Level shake-up could render practicals useless, claims leading academic

A shake-up of A-Level science may lead to schools and colleges concluding practical experiments are irrelevant to getting into university, according to the former head of the National Science Learning Centre.

Just 32 per cent of poor white British children obtain five A* to C grades

Make school day longer to improve results for white working class boys, say MPs

White working class pupils should have a longer day at school to help them boost their test and exam results, an influential group of MPs will recommend today.

A poster protesting against Michael Gove is displayed outside Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' affair

Trojan horse schools: Spending cuts 'to blame' for lapses, Birmingham City Council claims

Spending cuts have forced a £2m cut in funding for a scheme aimed at protecting pupils in Birmingham from being coerced into terrorism, MPs have heard.

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In grandfather's footsteps

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