Posted on Wednesday 10th Jan 2018
Damian Hinds has become the new Education Secretary, replacing Justine Greening. What are the questions waiting at the top of his in-tray? And what should he do differently to avoid the sudden exit of his predecessor?
1) How to get back the political initiative?
Damian Hinds will have to re-energise the Conservatives' vision for education, finding something positive that will connect with the public.
From the perspective of 10 Downing Street, it must have seemed as though Labour was making much of the weather over schools and universities.
Parents were worried about being asked to bail out cash-starved schools. And Jeremy Corbyn's promise to scrap tuition fees had seen Labour's student vote reaching record levels.
Justine Greening seemed unenthusiastic about the prime minister's Tory heartlands view of education, characterised by the push for more grammar schools.
02/12/19Video Bullying: Teachers share their stories in video for pupils
A group of secondary school teachers has made a powerful video highlighting the impact of the bullying they suffered at school, to the pupils they now teach.
29/11/19Plans for new school and 200 homes in Medway revealed
A former quarry and listed buildings could be redeveloped to build a new school and up to 200 houses.
22/11/19Parents of pupils at some Kent Catholic primary schools told they cannot take the Kent Test
Parents of children at some religious schools in the county have been told youngsters will no longer be able to sit the Kent Test.
20/11/19Children who rarely eat breakfast secure lower GCSE grades than classmates, study finds
‘Britain has growing problem of food poverty,’ academics warn
19/11/19Good grades and a desk 'key for university hopes'
Having a desk to work at, good grades and high expectations from parents, as well as being happy at school, are key factors in encouraging children to go on to university, a study suggests.