Ministerial reshuffle, Greening, Hinds and Gibb: LIVE

9th January 2018 at 16:30
And it's official: Damian Hinds is the new education secretary. Today, it's the turn of the junior ministers – we bring you all the hiring and firings live

Anne Milton is expected to remain at the Department for Education as apprenticeships and skills minister, Tes understands. The former nurse had been tipped for a promotion to health secretary, but is now expected to stay at the Department for Education. 

Suella Fernandes MP is the chair of governors at Michaela Free School and has been given a key Brexit role. 



And we have another minister added to the Department of Education line-up –  Nadhim Zahawi.

His appointment comes after Damian Hinds took over as education secretary, Sam Gyimah replaced Jo Johnson as universities minister, and Nick Gibb retained his place in the ministerial team.

Nick Gibb tweets: 



Long-serving education minister Nick Gibb is understood to have kept his job at the DfE as Theresa May reshuffles the junior ranks of her government.

His reappointment represents an element of continuity as new secretary of state Damian Hinds begins his first day in Sanctuary Buildings.

Former early years minister, Sam Gyimah MP, becomes universities minister at the department for education. 

Jo Johnson MP previously the minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation, moves to the department of transport. 



Joint-general secretary of the NEU, Mary Bousted bids a farewell to Justine Greening, and wishes the new education secretary, Damian Hinds, good luck. 

"Where Greening fell foul of Theresa May was in her determination not to impose yet more barmy education policies on an exhausted and demoralised education profession, many dreamt up by the Number 10 policy unit." 

Will Nick Gibb remain in post as schools minister? Yes, if rumours are to be believed... 



The FE sector speak out about the loss of Justine Greening, with Association of Colleges (AoC) chief executive David Hughes saying he was sorry to see Ms Greening leave.”She did a lot of good work to build collaboration with AoC and colleges, she had a strong and personal commitment to social mobility and she was one of a few in government with direct experience of learning in a college.

“Her legacy will include a commitment within the Department for Education to greater investment in technical and professional education and stronger support for colleges to help them deliver great learning opportunities across the country,” added Mr Hughes, stressing he was looking forward to building a relationship with her successor Damian Hinds.

Tes' columnist, The Secret CEO, offers his opinion on the cabinet reshuffle and Justine Greening's departure: 

"While I readily admit that I wasn't initially a massive Justine fan, a quiet respect developed and I made the mistake of underestimating the sophistication of her approach. It's not so much what she did; it's more what's she didn't do

And I believed her when she said she was fighting for social mobility.

And she did – just by doing her job effectively with dignity and resolve – more for the cause of women and LGBT rights than all of the government's posturing and bleating about it. It says it all when her opposite number in the Labour Party thanks her for acting with integrity and respect.

So the government throws all this away because she wouldn't play ball over grammars? Pathetic." 

Robert Goodwill, the minister responsible for special educational needs and disabilities has been sacked, just seven months after he was first appointed.

Carl Gavaghan, a reporter at the Scarborough News, quoted Mr Goodwill as saying the prime minister is "making way for younger people" after his sacking but she "retains his full support" going forward.

Today, Theresa May turns her attention to the junior ministers in the cabinet reshuffle, and it's already been reported that minister for children and families, Robert Goodwill, is leaving government. 



Justine Greening tweets: 



What will be on the top of Damian Hinds to-do list? There's funding, recruitment and retention, sex and relationships education to sort out, as well as free schools, relationships with the unions, social mobility, the reformed qualified teacher status, mental health and grammar schools. 

And it's announced that Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, is the new education secretary. Who is he? Read all about him here. 

Over two hours since she went in, Justine Greening has left Downing Street and is no longer the education secretary. She was in the post for 18 months and during that time she introduced the national funding formula and secured £1.3 billion of new money for schools. Here, Tes' political reporter Martin George looks back on her hits and misses.

Justine Greening has left the government after 18 months as education secretary. 

Natalie Evans, former director of the New Schools Network from January 2013 until May 2015, stays on as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords. 



And many teachers breathe a sigh of relief at the news that Micheal Gove will remain as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs. 



As reports emerge of former education secretary, Michael Gove, entering Number 10 and announcements are made about Chris Grayling, Liam Fox and Matt Hancock, education asks: what's happened to Justine Greening? 



Speculation continues to grow around Greening's lack of reappearance from Downing Street... 



Justine Greening is still yet to emerge from Number 10, and rumours are swirling about the potential appointment of Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire. Could Greening go to the department for workplace and pensions? 

And what of Skills minister Anne Milton's future? She was tipped to replace Jeremy Hunt as health secretary, but this afternoon, 10 Downing Street confirmed that Mr Hunt had been given the expanded brief of health and social care secretary. 

We will have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether she survives the cabinet reshuffle or not. 

Justine Greening arrives at Number 10, Downing Street. Will she emerge as secretary of state for education?

Here’s an interesting piece of timing: whoever is education secretary at 3.30pm will have to face a Labour Urgent Question on the controversial appointment of Toby Young to the board of the new Office for Students. Will Justine Greening take the question, or will it be the first official duty of a new education secretary?

Tim Shipman, the Sunday Times political editor who first broke news of the reshuffle, has tweeted that Justine Greening could be moved to the Department of Work and Pensions – a role of similar status to that of education secretary . 



And if she is sacked, could her current schools minister, Nick Gibb, be the next education secretary? Tes' Ed Dorrell explores this possibility here. 

If Justine Greening is sacked, it is yet more evidence that those who run our country value short-term, politically advantageous conflict in education over an ability to build consensus for the long haul, writes Tes' news editor, William Stewart.

"The motivation is not difficult to understand. Education is one of those subjects that everyone cares about – and now that it is touted as a cure-all for virtually every domestic ill, is something that everyone is desperate to improve.

"By stirring up conflict with teachers, an education secretary – or a prime minister – can quickly generate headlines, and headlines mean it looks like something is being done."

One head of English writes an open letter to Theresa May: "Education is too important to our future to keep changing direction on what seems like a political whim. Schools, colleges and academies have already been so shaken up that they’re still effervescing" 

It was reported yesterday by The Times that the current education secretary is believed by insiders to have annoyed the prime minister with her “patronising tone”. 

It's widely known that 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”.

Justine Greening has got the support of the unions behind her. Last week, NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted came out in support for Justine Greening and said: “What she has done, I think, is knock back some of the more mad right-wingers in Number 10 who still want to expand grammar schools, for example, even though it would clearly have been lost in the House of Commons.

“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.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, echoed her comments and said Ms Greening’s action on school funding and the national funding formula were “particularly courageous acts that demonstrated there was a funding issue” and welcomed her recognition of the challenge of teacher recruitment and retention.

Today, prime minister Theresa May will carry out an extensive cabinet reshuffle. 

Speculation around current education secretary Justine Greening's position has been rife for the last couple of weeks, with many reporting that she could be one of the first for the axe. 

In this live blog, we will bring you all of the breaking news as it happens. 

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