Amy Gibbons

10 questions with…Wes Streeting

The secretary of state for child poverty talks to Tes about his school memories, his experience of hardship as a child and why he’s passionate about stamping out educational disadvantage

Wes Streeting interview

In recent months, Wes Streeting has been one of the government’s most pointed critics on education policy. He was appointed Labour’s shadow minister for schools in October 2020 before being promoted this May to the newly created role of shadow secretary of state for child poverty. Tes interviewed him shortly before he announced he was taking a break from work for health reasons.

He spoke candidly about his experience of hardship as a child and why his concern about educational disadvantage is personal, as well as his belief that the education system takes advantage of teachers’ “goodwill”.

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