Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Making a stand: Alison Sherratt of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Primary school teacher to take Michael Gove to task at union conference

ATL leader Alison Sherratt will tell the Education Secretary: 'Leave them teachers alone'

‘Too many of our poorest children are getting an unsure start because the early years system is letting them down,’ Sir Michael Wilshaw will say

Children should start school at two, says chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw

Children should start at school at the age of two as part of a radical overhaul of early years education, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw will declare today.

The new exam will be tied to an international benchmark

Overhauled GCSE system features new 'super grade' for 'really exceptional students'

Plans for a new super grade for “really exceptional” students at GCSE are unveiled by the exams regulator Ofqual today.

Chalk Talk: David Blunkett goes back to schools - and universities

To Pearson plc for an evening with the former Secretary of State David Blunkett, who was reminiscing about his time in charge of the nation's education system.

It makes sense to reduce the number of GCSE high-flyers

Ofqaul's suggestion poses an interesting dilemma for the Department of Education

International students do not have the same entitlement to loans as their UK counterparts

Tuition fee hike blamed as international students at UK universities fall by a quarter

The first decline in the number of international students at English universities for almost three decades is revealed in research published today.

OECD: English pupils are 'more practical than academic'

Teenagers in England’s schools are among the best in the world when it comes to solving problems, according to the first international study of its kind.

The former Ministry of Justice building in Tothill Street will be the new home for Harris Westminster 6th Form academy

London sixth-form heads unite to urge Michael Gove to rethink new £45m free school

Every single state sixth-form college in London has combined to write a letter expressing their “dismay and frustration” over the Government’s decision to spend £45 million on a new selective free school for A-level students.

The majority of the changes will be introduced in the May 2016 national curriculum tests

Government unveils plans for tough new tests on 11-year-olds - including a ban on calculators

Plans for tough new tests for 11-year-olds, including a ban on calculators in maths from this summer, were unveiled by the Government today.

New £45m free school for 500 A-level students ‘beggars belief’, say college leaders

Leaders of England’s sixth-form colleges are dismayed by Government plans to spend £45m on a free school for 500 A-level students, as revealed by The Independent last week.

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Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home

It's not always fun in the sun: Moving abroad does not guarantee happiness

Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home
Migrants in Britain a decade on: They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire

Migrants in Britain a decade on

They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire
Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

The 'Thick of It' favourite thinks the romcom is an 'awful genre'. So why is he happy with a starring role in Sky Living's new Lake District-set series 'Trying Again'?
Why musicians play into their old age

Why musicians play into their old age

Nick Hasted looks at how they are driven by a burning desire to keep on entertaining fans despite risking ridicule
How can you tell a gentleman?

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world
Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

The duo behind Asos and Achica have launched a new venture offering haute couture to help make furry companions fashionable
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire
Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Celebrate St George’s Day with a nice cup of tea. Now you just need to get the water boiled
Sam Wallace: Why Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term

Sam Wallace

Why Ryan Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term
Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Having smashed Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old record, the French phenomenon tells Simon Turnbull he can go higher
Through the screen: British Pathé opens its archives

Through the screen

British Pathé opens its archives
The man behind the papier mâché mask

Frank Sidebottom

The man behind the papier mâché mask
Chris Marker: Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Chris Marker retrospective is a revelation
Boston runs again: Thousands take to the streets for marathon as city honours dead and injured of last year's bombing

Boston runs again

Thousands of runners take to the streets as city honours dead of last year
40 years of fostering and still holding the babies (and with no plans to retire)

40 years of fostering and holding the babies

In their seventies and still working as specialist foster parents