TES is reporting that the new education secretary has spoken out in praise of “great, amazing teachers” who can excite children about learning. But she has refused to discuss whether she will take steps to ease teachers’ concerns about cuts to school funding.
Justine Greening, who was appointed as education secretary on Thursday, said: “The times I learnt best were when I had great, amazing teachers, who could excite me about learning… Fundamentally, we need to look at what’s going on in the classroom.”
However, speaking on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, Ms Greening refused to answer any questions about whether she would take action to address the real-terms budget cuts faced by many schools. She argued that she had been in the job for only a matter of days, so could not be expected to make any policy announcements yet.
But Ms Greening must decide whether to release the final part of the consultation on the national funding formula within days if she is to avoid further delays to its implementation.
Instead of discussing funding, Ms Greening spoke about her own background. She was the first person in her family to go to university, and is the first education secretary to be entirely educated at a comprehensive school.
However, Ms Greening has not ruled out the possibility that she would oversee the extension of grammar schools.
What do you predict from Justine Greening in the coming months? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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