Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Students protest at the Government’s tuition fee system last November

Student debt to cost Britain billions within decades

As jobless and low-paid graduates leave loans unpaid, critics say the Government's fees policy will swallow up future education spending
Sir David Bell, who is now vice-chancellor of Reading University

Ministers must stop re-writing curriculum, says schools expert

David Bell: "Education policy is still driven by short-term firefighting"

Just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools

They wouldn't dare tell surgeons how to do their jobs, so why tolerate it in education?

Sir David Bell has a point – just imagine if the Michael Gove years in education were followed by an ideologue with a different emphasis taking charge of the nation’s schools.

Government no-show at North of England Education Conference means plan for schools heads south

This year, for the first time, no government speaker was billed to appear at the conference

Nick Gibb, the Schools minister

2015 is a year of historic anniversaries but children won't know them, claims Schools Minister

Waterloo, Agincourt and Magna Carta all have century anniversaries

Education secretary Nicky Morgan received a two-hour grilling from the Commons Education Select Committee

MPs attack rise of ‘ill-equipped’ careers advisers in schools

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan refused to agree that schools offering poor advice should be sanctioned

Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families in London

Russell Brand to be studied at English A-level from September

Plans originally caused controversy when announced last year

2020 Health and Nuffield Health have suggested schools should appoint a head of wellbeing to help tackle a number of issues

Report: State schools need wellbeing officers to beat Britain's health crisis

Only 21 per cent of boys and 15 per cent of girls attain the minimum target of 60 minutes of physical activity a day

The much-maligned turkey twizzler

Loophole in new food rules could see up to 4,000 schools still serving turkey twizzlers

LGA urges government to close loophole for academies and free schools

The courses offered at Peter Symonds College cost £3,950 a year

Winchester sixth-form college offers cut-price degree courses

Courses, which cost £3,950 a year, see sharp rise in popularity

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