News finally broke last night that Justine Greening has resigned as Secretary of State for Education. After spending over two hours in 10 Downing Street, Greening refused to take the role as lead at the Department for Work and Pensions leading to her resignation from the government.
On her twitter page, Greening stated:
Honour & privilege to serve in Govt since 2010. Social mobility matters to me & our country more than my ministerial career. I'll continue to do everything I can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people & I’ll keep working hard as MP for Putney.
— Justine Greening (@JustineGreening) January 8, 2018
Greening leaves the DfE after 18 months, her tenure will be remembered for rebuilding bridges with the teaching community, securing £1.3bn worth of further funding for schools and the creation of 12 “opportunity areas” to spearhead the Department’s goal of increasing social mobility.
More recently in her speech on the 14th December, Greening committed to a targeted approach to improve life chances for SEND learners, train specialist teachers in literacy and strengthen the Qualified Teacher Status and teacher career progression – all of which were welcomed by DYT.
Number 10 announced her replacement as Damian Hinds MP just after 8 o’clock last night. He stated that he was “delighted to be appointed Education Secretary – looking forward to working with the great teachers & lecturers in our schools, colleges & universities giving people the opportunities to make the most of their lives.”
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 8, 2018
Responding to the news, Director of Driver Youth Trust, Chris Rossiter said: “It is a shame to see Justine Greening leave the education brief, she has done a very good job in rebuilding a relationship with the sector and identifying important policy areas in need of addressing. In particular, by placing the development of literacy provision and outcomes of SEND learners at the core of her social mobility plan.”
“I congratulate and welcome Damian Hinds into his new role and hope he will build on the work of his predecessor to recognise the importance of high quality literacy provision for all learners in our education system. We look forward to working with him towards this goal.”