TES are reporting that, in her first article since becoming education secretary, Justine Greening is urging school staff to inspire the passion for learning that her own teachers provided.
In her first speech as prime minister, standing on the steps of 10 Downing Street, Theresa May set out the new government’s ambition to make Britain a country that works for everyone, not just for the privileged few.
From my own experience, that begins with education. It’s an incredible opportunity to have been appointed by the prime minister to be secretary of state at the Department for Education, which will now also include further education, apprenticeships, universities and skills. It gives me the chance to help build and improve the very state education system that gave me my start as a young person.
I know that there are many, many challenges facing teachers today, and many pressures on our education system.
Reflecting on it all, my aim is to work steadily and sensibly through all of those issues in as measured a way as possible, and to help us steer the right course. There is a lot to do; there are some big decisions to be taken. But in summary, I want today’s teachers, and today’s schools, to excite – and to instil – as much passion for learning as my teachers and schools did for me.
One welcome tweet to me said it was about “trust, competence, and care”. I completely agree. I will do my best. I am looking forward to working with teachers in our country to help ensure that together we give Britain’s children and young people the best possible start in life, wherever they are.
What are your impressions of Justine Greening’s first article? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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