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Exam reform and more: education secretary Justine Greening Q&A: post your questions!

Justine Greening, the secretary of state for education and equalities, answers your questions

We collected over 60 questions from the TSR community, organised them into themes and merged them together where we could. We ended up with 14 questions on:

Grammar schools

Exam reform

Tuition fees

Mental health

Sex and relationship education

Technical education

Careers education


And we even slipped in @PQ's question on Michael Gove.

Then came a couple of personal questions about inspiring teachers and quotations and our time was up.

The interview took place at the Department of Education on Monday 7th November. The interviewer is @PerfectBrew4 .

We think the results are well worth watching.

But what do you think? Is the government is moving in the right direction or heading up some blind alleys?





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On 8 November, TSR has been invited to Westminster to film an interview with Justine Greening, secretary of state for education.

In her role, Greening heads up the Department of Education, having the final say on policy covering every stage of the school system, colleges, universities, apprenticeships, A-level/GCSE reform and more.

We're just going to need two things:

- Some questions to ask
- Someone to ask them

And you can help with both.

Post your questions for Justine Greening below - we're going to take all of them with us to the interview and will ask as many as we have time for.

Plus, if you choose to post your question as a video clip, you'll go in the hat to join the TSR community team on the trip to Westminster. Not only that, you will get to host the interview, asking all the questions to the education secretary on camera.

We'll judge all the videos submitted and choose one person to come along on the day.

Wondering what to ask? Here are a few facts about Justine Greening to get you started:
- She is the first education secretary to have attended a comprehensive secondary school.
- She will oversee the first round of new GCSE grades, with grades A*-G set to be replaced by 9-1 in some subjects next summer.
- She will also take on responsibility for reformed A-levels, with the first results for the new A-levels coming out next August.
- As education secretary, she has the final say on school budget plans - at a time when more school places are required than ever before.
- She has recently announced a £4.4m fund to tackle bullying in schools.
- She is also minister for women and equalities and is believed to be the first openly LGBT person to hold the role.
- She was an accountant before becoming a politician, working for several big firms including PwC and GlaxoSmithKline.
- She studied economics at the University of Southampton.
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I would like to ask Justine why she supports the concept of grammar schools?
Reply 3
Would you support the expansion of single-sex education?
Another question - some people claim the GCSE and A Level reforms that are taking place are a step backwards. How do you respond to this?
Another question - do you think more should be done to encourage young people to get involved in politics?
Original post by Quamquam123
I would like to ask Justine why she supports the concept of grammar schools?


Dammit was going to ask that :tongue:
Prsom :emo: :colonhash:
Original post by CheeseIsVeg
Dammit was going to ask that :tongue:
Prsom :emo: :colonhash:

Sorry :tongue:

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You want to create opportunities for the rich or academic students in grammar schools, but what about everyone else? What technical and vocational education will you provide, especially considering the shortage of UK engineers?
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Do you think that students get enough mental health support? Do you think it is an area that can be improved upon?
Original post by Quamquam123
Sorry :tongue:

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Tsr won't let me rep u either
ARGH :angry:
How do you intend to help students with mental health issues to reach their full academic potential?
I'd like to ask her why Primary education gets much less funding? The class sizes are larger and less personalised than secondary schools, yet studies have increasingly been pointing towards the benefits of smaller class sizes. Smaller class sizes allow a student to gain a more personalised education. Research has also pointed towards the importance of getting children interested and motivated from a young age.

We should be developing pupil's confidence and abilities early: giving them the environment and opportunities to grow.
I'd also like to ask her why there's not a better focus on career opportunities and prospects? Too many students leave secondary school with no idea what they want to do, where they want to be, or what they should be studying. Often they are simply not aware of the great diversity of roles out there that are possible. I think this should be spoken about more in subjects. Why not talk a little about job prospects relating to Maths in Maths for example? You could even relate some of the teaching in the class to skills you'd need in some of those jobs.
why do you hold the belief, like most politicians, that taking someone's money against their will isn't theft? thank you
While I agree with grammar school plans. What are you going to do about our teacher shortage? And also, how can you gurantee that your grammar school plans don't get blocked by Parliament?
What is the point in 'reforming' GCSE's and A-Levels?

As it was reported that there was a record low for pupils achieving A*-C grades, surely, just making them harder and not addressing the current issues, is illogical?
Original post by Nirvana1989-1994
What is the point in 'reforming' GCSE's and A-Levels?

As it was reported that there was a record low for pupils achieving A*-C grades, surely, just making them harder and not addressing the current issues, is illogical?


This is what I have been told by multiple people so it may not be true.
Reducing grade inflation because too many people are getting As and A*s. Even though this year the reports showed that the grades have hit an all time low since the last decade they're still going to do it to decrease the grades significantly.
Uni's new 'AAA' entry requirement is now 'A*AA' and the new 'A*AA' entry requirement is now 'A*A*A' which show's that there has been an increase in the amount of top grades.


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Original post by DamnDaniel2
This is what I have been told by multiple people so it may not be true.
Reducing grade inflation because too many people are getting As and A*s. Even though this year the reports showed that the grades have hit an all time low since the last decade they're still going to do it to decrease the grades significantly.
Uni's new 'AAA' entry requirement is now 'A*AA' and the new 'A*AA' entry requirement is now 'A*A*A' which show's that there has been an increase in the amount of top grades.


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Aww okay. :smile:
1. a) If the newly reformed qualifications currently being introduced feature more exam-based learning, how are you planning on tackling the pressure that schools, teachers and parents put on students (as well as themselves) in order to achieve their full potential?

optional b) Why has this support not been implemented sooner?
optional b or c) Why is this support so inconsistent?

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