Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Durham Free School was ordered to close by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan after inspectors accused pupils of harbouring 'prejudiced views' of children from other faiths

Free school facing closure considers legal action to fight decision

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan ordered the closure after inspectors accused pupils of harbouring 'prejudiced views' of children from other faiths

Richard Spencer, of Middlesbrough College, is on an international shortlist to win a $1million dollar prize for teacher of the year, who gets his students singing and dancing during lessons to remember science formulae

Richard Spencer: The man who could become Britain's first millionaire classroom teacher

Spencer is one of 10 teachers worldwide to be shortlisted to win a $1 million dollar prize by the global teacher of the year award

London Festival of Education 2015: The conference that thinks it's a rock show

If the first festival in 2012 is anything to go by - this weekend's will be a sell-out

The majority of students will still be paying for their education decades after they graduate

Student loan system is 'unsustainable', claims expert

Professor Nicholas Barr wants payment threshold lowered

Nationally, 58.1 per cent of black pupils achieved the benchmark of five A* to C grade passes at GCSE – up 8.8 per cent since 2010

White pupils improve as much as ethnic minorities

A claim that standards in London schools only soared as a result of the capital’s ethnic mix is dismissed in research released today.

Peter Mandelson

Pressure builds on Labour to drop pledge to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000

Lord Mandelson has warned a cut in higher education funding could lead to cuts in vital courses such as science, engineering and maths

The figures are higher when it comes to secondary schools, with nearly one in three heads leaving

Tougher inspections prompt a quarter of headteachers to leave academies in 2014

Exodus of headteachers heralds recruitment crisis

Should academies and free schools be allowed to hire unqualified teachers?

In Sweden - the first country to introduce the controversial programme - they now have to hire qualified teachers and follow its national curriculum

Hard headed: Dame Sally Coates in her new role as director of United Learning’s southern academies

Punctuality, respect, constant exams: How Dame Sally Coates turned Burlington Danes around

Strong measures were needed to raise standards at the Academy in west London's White City, as Richard Garner discovers

Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London

Controversial Durand Education Trust faces 'misconduct or mismanagement' inquiry by Charity Commission

Chair Margaret Hodge also questioned the fact the headteacher earned £160,000 from a firm set up to run a leisure centre on the site in addition to his £229,000 salary

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