Cabinet reshuffle Justine Greening replaced

Justine Greening has been replaced with Damian Hinds in a bid to ‘raise school standards’ as part of the Conservative’s New Year relaunch.

After a history of disagreement between Greening and Theresa May, including over grammar schools, the Prime Minister was keen to pass Education to someone else. Justine Greening, herself educated in the state system, was asked to take the Department of Work and Pensions but refused to budge from her position and, in keeping with the other somewhat shambolic proceedings of the day, waited in number 10 for two and a half hours while a decision was made.  Greening ultimately chose to resign.

More change for schools and colleges a worry

Schools and colleges now will be anxious that yet another new minister for education will mean yet more change for the sake of change. Damian Hinds is the MP for East Hampshire and former chair for the all-parliamentary group on social mobility. As a new Leader of education, Damian Hinds is obliged to sweep clean and bring round fresh changes when in fact any more change to education policy could be the death knell for many schools.

Just send funding

The only radical overhaul schools need now is for their funding process to leave each and every one of them in a better position than the 2017 ‘fairer funding formula’. If Damian Hinds wants to make his mark then it’s stability that the education sector is looking for, with no further policy change for at least 5 years so that the curriculum and current policies can actually be implemented, bedded in and improved upon. Only if he can grasp the concept that retention is the issue in hand (not teacher recruitment) will he be the person to turn around the education sector for good.

New faces for a competent party

Mrs May is under significant pressure to demonstrate that the Conservatives have the knowledge to both lead the UK in its withdrawal from the EU as well as deal much more capably with the historically high pressures on domestic issues, specifically education and the NHS. Other prominent ministers were replaced, including Cabinet Office minister and First Secretary of State, Damian Green who gave ambiguous statements about pornography on his work PC.  James Morris MP is vice chair for training and development, Ben Bradley MP is vice chair for youth, Maria Coulfield is vice chair for Women and Brandon Lewis is the new chairman of the Conservative Party.


Author: Katie Newell

Katie Newell

Katie Newell BA(Hons) PGCE is an ex-primary school teacher, Head of Maths, Head of Year five and languages specialist. Katie qualified in Psychology at Liverpool then specialised in Primary Languages for her PGCE at Reading. Before teaching, Katie was a financial commentator and is now the Content Manager for and Katie feels passionately that teachers are the unsung heroes of society; that opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching, and that a total change to pupil feedback is the key to solving the work life balance issue for the best job in the world.

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4 thoughts on “Cabinet reshuffle Justine Greening replaced

  1. While I agree with your sentiment as far as academic subjects are concerned, where five years of stability with fine adjustment to the amount of tests and the teaching towards exams is currently conducted would be a good starting point.

    By far the most important challenge for government and schools is how to approach the ever worsening situation of Physical and mental health in society. This needs to start with pre-natal and parent education and be followed up and re-enforced in schools – starting with primary schools!

    Having a “national curriculum” for school health and sports activities, having a Health and Activity expert (re-branding PE) is an absolute must in every school!

    This area of life where we see an ever more ill population will never improve until it is treated as being just as important as pure education as an investment in the nations future. It need to come within the governments statuary requirements and inspected by Ofstead – that would be the best possible legacy that this new Education Minister could give to our country and our children.

  2. long term stability would be good, the only two things that have been relatively stable in the last few years are the salary and long hours. Any minister, of any party will not be able to improve retention until there is a significant increase in status. And the main way that will come is through substantial pay increases. How often do students look at teachers and say “why should I study, our house / car is better than yours and my dad’s a builder / plumber / mechanic “….True, the money is not the only aspect of teaching to consider, but it certainly is a major one. Published data suggest a typical teacher’s salary is below £38k. That is the income required to pay off a student loan before it is written off. So we can conclude that the government is not prepared to pay enough to pay off the loan for the compulsory education required to be a teacher. blaming the repayment on the Student loan company is not the answer, nor is recruiting under qualified teachers.

  3. Justine should have stayed.
    On the same note she gave hunt a dual role in health and social care another big blow for those of us who work in community education and understand the correlations between education
    Social care
    And poverty

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