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Education secretary says she has “greatest job in government”

  • July 9, 2024
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Education secretary says she has “greatest job in government”

Labour’s new education secretary Bridget Phillipson has told staff at the Department for Education that she has the “greatest job in government” while also warning of the “scale of the challenge ahead.” Speaking to staff at Sanctuary Building,  Phillipson hailed it as the “proudest day of my life” but also said that although the change the party hopes to bring is “simple to describe” it is also “vast to deliver.”

“The Labour Government that is taking office today will be focused, relentlessly, on improving the life chances of all of our children,” she said.

“On driving high and rising standards throughout education, on ensuring that all of our people, in all of our communities, our businesses and our country, have the skills that they need to drive the growth that we can and must see, to build a better future not just for each of us, but for all of us.”

Referencing the previous government, Phillipson said she remains “focused on delivering, on building of the work the last government did, and on which so many of you will be justly proud of the work that you did, and I recognize that, to raise standards for our children, to deliver a better future for young people today”.

However, she then added: “I want to be clear: I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of us, the mountain we must climb to build the better Britain our young people deserve. That is the work ahead of us, the task to which we must all rise.”

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