A new Education Secretary – a new dawn for schools?
The new Education Secretary appointed on 14 July 2016 by Theresa May is Justine Greening. Ms Greening made a statement to Parliament on 21 July which confirmed the government’s commitment to introducing fairer funding for schools and the pupil premium for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to encourage social mobility.
A consultation on the national funding formula for schools is currently ongoing. The government’s response to the first stage and the proposals for the second stage will be set out in the autumn when Parliament returns. Plans for a national funding formula for early years will be published shortly.
Ms Greening will also be faced with challenges from the National Union of Teachers over teacher recruitment and working hours and also from opposition parties calling for an end to proposals to scrap Qualified Teacher Status and parent governors as well as plans to vastly increase the number of academies.
Ms Greening has also commented to the BBC that she is prepared to be open-minded about allowing new grammar schools in England.
Justine Greening was first elected as MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in May 2005. In 2010, she was appointed as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury followed by the appointment as Secretary of State for Transport in October 2011. Between September 2012 and July 2016 Ms Greening served as the Secretary of State for International Development.
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