Damian Hinds MP says he is ‘delighted’ on his appointment as Secretary of State for Education
The MP for East Hampshire says he is delighted to be appointed Secretary of State for Education.
The news came as part of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle in January. The MP has continually shown an interest in education throughout previous work.
He said: “I am delighted to be appointed Education Secretary. As some will know, I have long had an interest in both education and social mobility, particularly with my earlier roles as a member of the Education Select Committee and as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Mobility.
“There are undoubted challenges ahead, but ensuring we have a resilient and dynamic education system that enables people to realise their ambitions and full potential is a priority for this Government.
“This is particularly important as we look ahead to support our long term economic growth, as we must continue to equip people with the knowledge and skills that make the most of their talents and prospects.
“We’re very fortunate to have a fantastic provision for learning here in East Hampshire, from the first rate nursery and primary schools across our villages and towns, Eggar’s and Amery Hill Schools in Alton, the newly expanded Bohunt School in Liphook, The Petersfield School, and Mill Chase Academy in Bordon which will move to a brand new site in 2019.
“With Alton College, a range of independent schools, and the new Future Skills Centre in Bordon, there is real opportunity for our children to learn and progress. And from my contact with these schools and colleges, I know the level of dedication and passion amongst teachers, and how important education is for our children and our future.
“I am very excited to be taking on this important role, and look forward to working with the teaching profession, educational staff, businesses and employers to build on the work already achieved in both raising education standards and offering opportunity.”