Justine Greening announced as new education secretary replacing – Nicky Morgan
Greening was tipped for the role by several news outlets after prime minister Theresa May was said to be seeking more women for top cabinet positions.
She moves to the role from the Department for International Development, where she has been secretary of state for nearly four years. Prior to that she was transport secretary for one year.
In 2014, during an interview with The Spectator, Greening talked at length about the importance of social mobility, referring to her father’s unemployment and her experience of “not starting in the best place”.
Adding: “The experience I had growing up, going to my local comprehensive, my family going through difficult times … it’s about understanding what it’s like to start from scratch”.
The majority of her comments in parliaments regarding schools have been about international schools, where she supported the development of low-cost private
schools, but she has also talked about the need to make opportunities available for all young people in the UK.
She told the The Spectator: “My biggest concern is that we are ending up with a country where you have not one ladder to climb up but people are on different ladders. You might start at the bottom of a short ladder that will only get you so high. What we need to recreate is one ladder that everyone can climb up”.
Posted: 18th July 2016