Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Many parents are in favour of at least some state school places being allocated randomly

Parents increasingly coming round to the idea of ballots for school places

A growing number of parents support the idea of ballots to determine which children are successful in applying to oversubscribed schools, according to a new poll published today.

Osfted had warned that it is 'simply not enough' to keep teenagers in education until they are 18 if they fail to leave with decent qualifications and experience

Teen dropouts spoiling plans to keep young in education, Ofsted warns

Numbers leaving college rising as Government prepares laws for some training until the age of 18

One in two women in the UK now have university degrees

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, will warn that the Government’s clampdown on immigration has created a “strong, adverse perception” to foreign students of the reception they will receive in the UK

University chief Sir Christopher Snowden claims Government immigration policy puts off foreign students

Research shows the first fall in overseas recruitment for almost three decades

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead

Sir Chris Woodhead interview: Former head of Osted and scourge of the teaching profession on academies, Michael Gove and motor neurone disease - ‘For those who thought that I was finished – I’ve got news for you'

The trailblazing and divisive former Ofsted head, Sir Chris Woodhead, tells Richard Garner of his plans for a new academcy chain, why Cameron was wrong to get rid of Gove and how motor neurone disease has made him refocus on education and life

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, strongly denied the report

Conservative manifesto: Tories favour 'setting' in schools, but won't enforce it

A conference of education researchers sent a message to the PM that Ofsted would fight such a move if it became an election pledge
Numbers game: Reforms have included tougher maths for primary school pupils

Inspiring teachers say they lack the freedom to excel

Even the country's most inspiring teachers are upset at the amount of central government interference in how they go about their jobs, a new study has revealed.

Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate, has shared his views on education in a book aimed at parents

Michael Rosen: Exam culture in schools doesn't teach children about the world

Rosen argues that tests are all about 'retrieval' and 'inference' and do not allow any 'interpretation'

Parents who send their children to private schools are twice as likely to pay for extra private tuition, research suggests

Schools should use pupil premium to give disadvantaged children's private tuition, charity says

Move would help close gap with privately educated kids

The Sports Hall has been installed as part of the new £30m building

Bow school's state-of-the-art £30m campus is last to benefit from scrapped Building Schools for the Future programme

The Labour scheme was axed by the former Education Secretary, Michael Gove, soon after taking office - on the grounds that spending on it had been "profligate"
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