Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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There has been a 27 per cent rise in the number of girls opting for the sciences

More girls opting for science in school, BTEC results show

27 per cent rise in the number of girls taking science courses

Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, died in 2007

Ofsted accused of cover-up over lost Baby P assessment

Ofsted has been accused of a staging a “cover-up” by a whistleblowing former employee over its handling of the “Baby P” scandal.

Ofqual's figures show a 56 per cent increase in GCSE exam papers queried by schools

Record numbers of GCSE and A-level papers remarked

Figures show 48 per cent increase in exam papers queried by schools

More than £1m of taxpayers’ money has been spent on proposals for free schools that never opened

Exclusive: Taxpayers footed £1m bill for free schools that never even opened

Primary free schools are underperforming in reading, writing and mathematics compared with the rest of the state sector

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has suggested teachers take a public oath to commit themselves to the profession's values

Best schools would still be able to convert to academies under Labour, says Tristram Hunt

But shadow education minister stresses his Party would be unlikely to give subsidies

Girls and pupils from a disadvantaged background are more likely to have been put off science because they see it as being only for the “brainy few”

Science careers favour rich, male Asians, according to research

Exclusive: Enterprising Science project aims to encourage more pupils into science careers

Visionary: Salford University students gaining studio experience

Salford University is offering media students 'live briefs' with the big broadcasters next door

The university is carving out a niche for itself as the front-runner for providing media-related courses for the next generation of students

Former Labour education secretary David Blunkett looks back - but not in anger

Mr Blunkett was speaking at the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and praised the work of his Conservative political foe, Kenneth Baker

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

The Government ‘out-Goves’ Gove with this policy

The trouble with this solution is that it reinforces the 'local authority maintained school bad - academies and free schools good' mentality

Could more time spent in bed improve a pupil's exam results?

Experiment will show whether teenagers perform better - after a lie-in

Pupils to be given an hour more in bed to see if their exam results can be improved

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there