Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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College boss devises swap shop to help hard-up students meet the cost of travel

It can cost up to £700 a year for students to travel to and from college

The loans are designed to lure around 40,000 students a year into postgraduate studies

Autumn Statement: Boost for master's students with introduction of postgraduate loans

Move aims to make UK grads more competitive

Graham Stuart, chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee

Senior Tory’s U-turn on proposal to scrap AS-levels

Head of select committee says the views of head teachers have changed his opinion

Patricia Sowter, executive head of Cuckoo Hall Academy Trust in Enfield

Patricia Sowter: Academy head praised by Gove suspended over ‘exam fixing’

Three people in charge of north London primary face allegations of gross misconduct

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham

Birmingham's first Islamic school 'spent £1m of public money on school in Pakistan'

Claims about Al-Hijrah school are being investigated by council officials

St John's College, Cambridge. Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be chosen to attend regular academic seminars at four of the country’s most in-demand universities including Cambridge

Gifted pupils from deprived areas to attend regular seminars at top universities

Around 400 of the most “highly able” 11- to 14-year-olds at non-selective state schools will be picked

An inquiry has shown that 992 overseas students were handed Government loans for which they were ineligible

Ineligible foreign students handed more than £5m in student loans

Investigation followed a huge surge in applications for financial help from European Union nationals

A study reveals that touch-screen technology has switched on to reading three- to five-year-old boys and, more generally, children from disadvantaged homes

Disadvantaged boys learn to pick up an ebook

Reading online has improved children’s vocabulary, according to research

The new rules will cover those providing ecucation or child-care for eight-year-olds and under

Teachers to be barred for living with offenders under new rules

Child-care rules on cohabitation with convicted violent or sexual offenders extended to schools
One in six children have been suffering from constant poverty since almost the day they were born

More than half of children born in the year 2000 have faced poverty

Millennium Cohort Study offers the first real glimpse into what life is like for an 11-year-old living in modern Britain

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links