Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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New tests will measure pupils’ ability to count and recognise letters, numbers and objects

Baseline tests for new primary school students 'dragoons children,' say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped

Opponents claim measuring pupils' progress is only to boost school ratings, while ministers insist checks are vital

Most of the cases involve the Government’s flagship academies

Academies 'deliberately baffle parents to select by stealth'

Parents 'may have to hunt very carefully' to find schools' guidelines

One in six school are refusing to offer the AS-level exam as its marks no longer counted towards a full A-level

Schools face 'uncertainty and anxiety' over reforms to A-levels, UCAS head warns

One in six schools are refusing to offer the AS-level exam, whose marks no longer count towards the full A-level

The review said that the Department needs to be more inquisitive when pursuing concerns over extremist infiltration of schools

'Trojan Horse' review: Department for Education 'lacked inquisitiveness' in tackling extremism

Chris Wormald was ordered to complete the investigation by Michael Gove

Under new plans from Ofsted schools face double inspections on the same day

Teachers' leaders brand move towards double Ofsted inspections a 'disgrace'

Somes schools will trial having two inspections on the same day this term

Richard Garner: 'I came under surveillance after a brief encounter with the Angry Brigade'

The Independent's education editor met Hilary Creek and Anna Mendelssohn during a court case while he was a local reporter

Essex University vice-chancellor Anthony Forster

Does Essex University still live up to its radical reputation?

In the 1960s, the university was known as a hotbed of student politics

An increasing number of students are opting to study at prestigious US universities, such as Harvard

UK students are shunning home universities to study abroad, headteachers claim

Heads argue that overseas universities offer better value for money

Aldi is offering university leavers the highest published starting salary of £42,000 a year for trainee managers, according to a survey by High Fliers Research, followed by the European Commission with roles paying £41,500

Aldi's offer of £42,000 a year leads market in graduate recruitment

The number of graduate vacancies is expected to rise by 8.1 per cent this summer

Fifty 13-year-olds will spend half a term being taught 'Chinese-style' in English, maths and science

Pupils to try Chinese-style teaching

Fifty 13-year-olds will spend half a term being taught 'Chinese-style' in English, maths and science

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British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
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Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

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Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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