The education secretary is believed by insiders to have annoyed the prime minister with her “patronising tone”, according to The Sunday Times.
Ms Greening has been mounting what many have seen as a campaign to remain in post, posting a series of messages on Twitter listing her achievements as education secretary. She twice tweeted the statement “School standards are rising”:
School standards are rising under this government, but there’s more to do. Today I’ve announced new measures to boost literacy teaching, especially in disadvantaged areas, & a new £7.7m Curriculum Fund: https://t.co/CmgjsJx8SG pic.twitter.com/wlhGl3WzeT— Justine Greening (@JustineGreening) January 6, 2018
School standards are rising. Today I am announcing a new drive on literacy teaching at primary school level, building on our reforms to help make sure every child gets the best start in life - so we can make this a country fit for the future: https://t.co/CmgjsJx8SG pic.twitter.com/i5iXHFnQYB— Justine Greening (@JustineGreening) January 6, 2018
Ms Greening did not share the prime minister’s enthusiasm for increasing the number of grammar schools. And The Guardian quoted a source saying that Ms Greening “had sided too strongly with the trade unions instead of embracing Tory reforms”.
As Tes previously reported, union leaders denied that Ms Greening had sided with them. However, they argued that she should remain in her role, citing a need for stability.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said: “Just when positive things are starting to happen, to have her moved and the Department for Education in turmoil again would not be good for education.”