Justine Greening’s previous role was as Secretary of State for International Development but she will now replace Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary.
As well as being responsible for schools, colleges and universities, she also becomes the Minister for Women and Equalities.
Her new department will expand to take on responsibility for universities and she will inherit a higher education bill, which could raise tuition fees in England, with a second reading due next week.
Here’s what key players in education had to say to the BBC:-
(quoted from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36793920)
The Association of School and College Leaders said that the new education secretary would face the “stark reality” of schools facing “real-terms funding cuts and a teacher recruitment crisis”.
“We urgently need greater investment in the education system,” said Malcolm Trobe, leader of the head teachers’ union.
Kevin Courtney, leader of the National Union of Teachers, said Ms Greening would have to tackle problems with teacher recruitment, excessive working hours and lack of school funding. “Testing and assessment is in complete disarray,” said Mr Courtney.
Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, called for the end of the “chaos and confusion” of this year’s controversial primary school Sats tests. He told the new education secretary that the “government has not won the argument on academies” and that good and outstanding schools should be allowed to remain part of their local authority if they chose.
Liberal Democrat education spokesman, John Pugh, called on Ms Greening to “put a stop to damaging proposals to scrap Qualified Teacher Status and parent governors, as well as plans to vastly increase numbers of academies”.