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Voice welcomes reshuffle at Department for Education

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents teachers, headteachers, education support staff, lecturers, nursery staff and nannies – has welcomed the reshuffle at the Department for Education (DfE), describing it as “an opportunity for a fresh start”.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said: “Both Michael Gove and Elizabeth Truss, while polite and courteous in person, were notorious for failing to listen to the views of education and early years professionals. Regardless of the weight of evidence presented to them, they would follow their own agenda, often denouncing those who held a different view as ‘the enemy’, ‘misguided’ and so forth.

“As a consequence, Michael Gove was the most divisive and unpopular Education Secretary for a generation.

“We hope that the new Secretary of State and her team of ministers, both new and ongoing, will be more receptive to the views of professionals and those who represent them, and will work with them to develop policies instead of imposing policies to be implemented.

“We look forward to meeting with her and her team and working positively with them.

“This is an opportunity for a fresh start.”




Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413, General Secretary Deborah Lawson (deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 07725 960 132, or Senior Professional Officer (Early Years/Wider Workforce) Tricia Pritchard (triciapritchard@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 0796 996 0735 or 01332 372337.



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