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'Post-Brexit Britain needs investment in teachers' says Greening

'Post-Brexit Britain needs investment in teachers' says Greening

Investment in teachers and school leaders is needed to transform social mobility, Justine Greening has claimed in a speech in which she set out her thoughts on Brexit. However, no new initiatives or funding were announced during the address at the Social Mobility Commission conference.

Schools face real-terms cuts of up to £3 billion over the next few years as a result of funding pressures, including increases in teachers' salaries, pensions and national insurance contributions.

In a speech which only mentioned plans to open new grammar schools once, Greening said transformation of social mobility could only happen through "prioritising long-term capacity building in our education system".

"And as with all sound investment, when we invest in human capital, the payback is for the long term," she said.

Greening said her focus was teacher quality, and this would be boosted through existing schemes to strengthen qualified teacher status and qualifications for school leaders, "new and innovative teacher training models" and the government's £75 million teaching and leadership innovation fund.

Greening said the work started by Theresa May to trigger Brexit would "shape our children's opportunities", and said the generation who had made the choice to leave the EU had a responsibility to "make sure that that choice is the best possible choice it can be for our children".


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