Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Most students believe they don't get value for money at university, says survey

The days of traditional university lectures may be over as new research shows students are boycotting them because they believe they can get all the information they need on the net.

The Dean Academy in Lydney is one of the schools run by the Prospects Academies Trust
Dame Rachel de Souza, chief executive of Inspiration Trust, saw a disused fire station in Norwich and decided to turn it into Sir Isaac Newton free school

School takes over fire station to show it’s cool to like science

Struggle to find premises solved after head of trust spotted disused building while driving home

Five years on, Marcus Ereira, left, and Luke Shelley, right, have a flourishing business

How to make your fortune by flunking school? A drop-out has the answer

When Marcus Ereira ditched his A-levels he went to work... providing private exam tutors

Dust-up at the DfE – and it’s not just David Laws bearing the scars

Don’t trust the truce that’s been declared over education policy. This is Coalition war

Michael Gove stressed that school governors must be prepared to take tough decisions to ensure public money is spent wisely
Top marks: a humanities lesson at Dixons Trinity Academy in Leeds

Free school Dixons Trinity Academy provides a welcome good news story for Michael Gove

The academy was the first of the free schools to be rated outstanding. Richard Garner hears what makes it work
Education Secretary Michael Gove said he would like to see more teachers from the independent sector joining school inspection teams
Guidance accompanying his letter lists the telltale signs that a pupil could have fallen prey to Islamic or fascist extremists
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz