Rt Hon Justine Greening, the new Secretary of State for Education, has been secured as the Keynote speaker at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit on Thursday 13 October 2016. What do you know about her?
New Education Secretary
Justine Greening replaces Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary, in Teresa May’s new-look cabinet. Greening, who went to a state comprehensive school in Rotherham before studying business, economics and accountancy at the University of Southampton, previously worked at the Department for International Development. She is among a number of women MPs promoted as part of the post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle and is one of only a few education secretaries with a comprehensive school background.
The MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields entered politics as a councillor for Epping Forest in 1997, becoming an MP in 2005. Since then she has served as Transport Secretary and Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
The new Education Secretary has already had to deal with several high profile issues, including a decline in C grades and above at GCSE, the resignation of the chairman of Ofsted after his comments about the Isle of Wight as a ‘poor, white ghetto’ and controversy over plans to introduce around 20 new grammar schools in traditional ‘working class’ areas.
Regional focus, national issues
We have supported SCHOOLS NorthEast, the only regional network of schools in the UK, since its inception.
Now in its eighth year, the SCHOOLS NorthEast annual Summit will once again take place at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
The event sees 450 delegates and 60 exhibitors attend, as well as many speakers including Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, Dr Becky Allen, Director of Education Datalab, Sir Nick Weller, Masha Gordon and more.