Justine Greening – new Education Secretary

In Theresa May’s first cabinet re-shuffle, Justine Greening, who is MP for Putney in South-west London was appointed as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, posts which were previously held by Nicky Morgan.

She is one of the few MPs who have been appointed to Cabinet positions to be educated at a non-selective state school, having attended Oakwood Comprehensive School in Rotherham in the early 1980s. Other notable alumni for the school include the former Schools Inspector, now author, Gervase Phinn and James May, one of the 3 presenters on the the BBC’s “Top Gear” programme.

After school, Justine Greening read economics at Southampton University and she also has an MBA from the London Business School. Before entering Parliament after the 2005 General Election, Ms Greening worked as an accountant and finance manager. At the age of 36, she was the youngest female Conservative MP until the arrival of Chloe Smith MP in 2009.

A week into her appointment and the new Education Secretary announced that a proposed “fair funding formula” for schools would not be introduced now until 2018/19 which has caused some consternation among some school leaders and local authorities who were hoping to receive extra much needed funding earlier than 2018.