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In a nod to all of those who have recently been calling for Nicky Morgan to resign, Justine Greening has been appointed as education secretary in Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle. As well as being responsible for schools and colleges, she will also become the minister for women and equalities.
Who is Justine Greening?
Ms Greening attended a state school in Rotherham, and is one of only a handful of education secretaries to have attended a non-selective state school.
She studied economics at Southampton University, and before entering the House of Commons in 2005 was an accountant.
At Gay Pride last month she announced that she was in a same-sex relationship, making her the first openly gay female Cabinet minister.
Her last role was secretary of state for international development, and this new role is expected to expand to include responsibility for universities.
What will she inherit?
There are plenty of changes in for teachers and schools in the pipeline, and she will have to decide what she wants to continue. Already, a new funding formula in a reallocation of how much money goes to each school, which was originally promised for 2017 in a response to the uneven levels of per pupil funding, has been delayed until at least 2018.
Recent plans have also included a major overhaul of teacher training and the abolition of the current "qualified teacher status". One of the biggest problems with education is that the population is continuing to rise, with figures published by the Department of Education last Thursday (14th July) showing that an extra 570,000 secondary school places were needed to be created by 2025. This squeeze on school places at a time when there is already a shortage of teachers means that the overhaul of teacher training couldn’t come at a worse time.
Furthermore, there have been a multitude of complaints of the recent changes to the SATs tests, which this year saw almost half the 11-year-olds in England failing to reach the expected level.
There are also changes in the pipeline to GCSE and A-level grades, including switching to grades nine to one rather than A* to U. These changes are also expected to have some difficulties, including their introductions into the classroom, along with their curricula, and explaining the changes to parents and employers.
The Conservative party is also in the grip of a return to grammar schools, and Ms Greening, the first education secretary born into a post-grammar school society, will have to decide whether she wants to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools.