Richard Garner

Richard Garner is The Independent's Education Editor.

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Durham Free School had earlier been praised in the Commons by Mr Gove

Free School praised by Michael Gove ordered to close due to bullying and religious bigotry

Ofsted concluded Durham Free School was 'inadequate' as a result of bullying, poor standards in the classroom and religious bigotry

A quarter of a billion pounds a year is being spent on computers in schools, according to the latest figures from Besa, the educational suppliers’ organisation (Getty)

Top head says money spent by schools on 'fad' iPads could have funded 8,000 teachers

Russell Hobby says he is  'dubious' about the use of technology as a teaching aid in non-IT lessons

Antonio Simoes, the chief executive of HSBC UK

Leading banker Antonio Simoes says being gay has been 'an advantage' in the world of finance

CEO of HSBC UK says his sexuality has made him 'a more authentic person'

New tests will measure pupils’ ability to count and recognise letters, numbers and objects

Baseline tests for new primary school students 'dragoons children,' say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped

Opponents claim measuring pupils' progress is only to boost school ratings, while ministers insist checks are vital

Most of the cases involve the Government’s flagship academies

Academies 'deliberately baffle parents to select by stealth'

Parents 'may have to hunt very carefully' to find schools' guidelines

One in six school are refusing to offer the AS-level exam as its marks no longer counted towards a full A-level

Schools face 'uncertainty and anxiety' over reforms to A-levels, UCAS head warns

One in six schools are refusing to offer the AS-level exam, whose marks no longer count towards the full A-level

The review said that the Department needs to be more inquisitive when pursuing concerns over extremist infiltration of schools

'Trojan Horse' review: Department for Education 'lacked inquisitiveness' in tackling extremism

Chris Wormald was ordered to complete the investigation by Michael Gove

Under new plans from Ofsted schools face double inspections on the same day

Teachers' leaders brand move towards double Ofsted inspections a 'disgrace'

Somes schools will trial having two inspections on the same day this term

Richard Garner: 'I came under surveillance after a brief encounter with the Angry Brigade'

The Independent's education editor met Hilary Creek and Anna Mendelssohn during a court case while he was a local reporter

Essex University vice-chancellor Anthony Forster

Does Essex University still live up to its radical reputation?

In the 1960s, the university was known as a hotbed of student politics

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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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