Education is too important to our current and future generations to keep changing direction

9 January 2018

  • Policy updates

By Hannah Graham at UK Youth, in response to the #cabinetreshuffle on 8th January 2018.

Following closely the announcements in Theresa May’s cabinet yesterday, we are saddened to hear that Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP has lost her position. Justine has given continued support of the UK Youth Voice Manifesto over the last year, pledging to bring sex and healthy relationships education into the 21st Century ensuring LGBT inclusivity and mental wellbeing and also being a role model in politics and the media for many LGBT young people in our networks.Education is too important to our current and future generations to keep changing direction; stability and consistency are vital in order to provide an education that is accessible for all children and young people. It is vital that the measures announced in December to tackle the UK’s growing social mobility problem aren’t shelved following this announcement. Justine has since said that social mobility matters to her more than her ministerial career and she will continue to do everything she can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people. We look forward to working with her on her mission.

At UK Youth, we hoped that Theresa May would take this morning’s opportunity to appoint a Youth Minister and make a real commitment to young people. To value youth voice in the future, we would like to see meaningful participation in dialogue between policy makers and young people. The 18-24 youth vote has earned the right to inform, influence and scrutinise, but we need new and innovative ways to consult young people on local/national Government policy and decision-making.

“An opportunity to strengthen our message”

We will continue to work very closely with continuing Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP to ensure the £90million dormant assets fund to build a fairer society are used wisely in order to help young people transition into employment. We welcome the appointment of new Secretary of State for DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), Matt Hancock MP and we also welcome working with new DCMS Minister, Margot James MP and Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP on his APPG Social Mobility report on the importance of embedding life skills within education. We will be monitoring the title changes over the next few weeks, to clarify whether these are purely cosmetic, or have wider implications for the roles of the officials and the impact this has on young people and the youth sector.

With lots of new faces around the table at Number 10, this can only be an opportunity to strengthen our message and project a wider reach with the aim of building brighter futures for young people, whatever their background or circumstances.

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