Kate Green

In her speech to the #Lab21 Labour Party Conference @KateGreenSU challenges new Education Secretary @NadhimZahawi to deliver a recovery guarantee to deliver new opportunities for every child ensuring they are not held back by the pandemic.  

Responding to Nadhim Zahawi’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference (4th Oct), Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“The Education Secretary cannot claim to champion children’s education whilst closing doors and shutting off opportunities.

“Labour has set out a clear plan to deliver a world class education for every child. From extending the school day for new activities, to recruiting new teachers to fill skills gaps and vacancies and delivering careers advice and work experience, Labour’s plan would set all young people up for life. It’s time the Conservatives match this ambition for our children’s futures.”

In her speech to the Labour Party Conference, Kate Green MP, Shadow Education Secretary will set out how the Party’s ambitious recovery plan – extending the school day for new activities including art, sport, cooking, coding, providing small group tutoring and mental health support – could deliver eight months of additional academic progress for children, helping them bounce back from time out of school. 

Green will challenge the government to match this ambition for children’s futures by delivering a recovery guarantee that provides every child with new opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and social development missed during the average of 115 days children have had out of school. 

The Conservatives’ current plans fail to come close to meeting this guarantee. Already half a million pupils have left secondary school without any support to recover lost learning, as the government failed to deliver tutoring to even the 3% pupils targeted during the last school year. 

This year fewer than one in 16 children are set to get tutoring support from the government’s provider while parents’ calls for wellbeing to be the post-pandemic priority have been ignored by government. 

In her speech to Labour Party Conference, Kate Green MP is expected to say: 

“Conference, our children’s futures, life chances and aspirations must not be limited by the Conservatives treating them as an afterthought. 

“They must not be limited by a recovery plan that the Government’s own catch-up expert described as “feeble”.    

 “And they must not be limited by a weak Prime Minister who took months to sack a failing Secretary of State.  

“That is why today, Conference, I am challenging the new Education Secretary to deliver a recovery guarantee.  

“To ensure that every single child who has been let down, ignored and undervalued by this government not only recovers from the pandemic, but thrives on new opportunities to learn, play and develop - just as Labour’s plan would enable them to do.” 

Sector Response

Rachael Saunders, Education & Policy Director at Speakers for Schools: 

“The Labour Party is right to focus on work experience as part of its proposals for young people but two weeks is nowhere near enough to give the leg up they require and deserve post-pandemic. Compulsory work experience was axed in 2012. Although it is included in the Gatsby benchmarks endorsed in the 2017 Careers Strategy, the expectation that all young people should access work experience feels more like an aspiration than an expectation - only 55% of schools are currently meeting this objective. We must work to reduce this enormous shortfall.

“Our recent research with YouGov revealed that a lack of access to work experience represents the single biggest barrier for young people looking to secure a job. The MPs and business leaders we surveyed also cited how highly valuable work experience is yet it is currently absent from the Government’s catch up plans. The job market is fiercer than ever before so our support of young people must stretch beyond education.

“We would argue a young person needs multiple work experience placements during their time at school, carefully planned with charities and career agencies to ensure they align with young peoples’ interests and studies, helping to develop essential skills, provide insights into different sectors and give the opportunity to engage with senior business leaders as well as junior role models. We’d encourage the Government to seriously consider these proposals as a first step to giving young people the support they truly deserve after a tumultuous eighteen months, while future proofing our workforce and converting the levelling up rhetoric into meaningful action.”

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"Young people only get one shot at education so schools and colleges need urgent investment for recovery activities or else many students will get left behind or miss out on making progress. 

"Labour are right to focus on small group work for the students who need it because much more of this will be needed than in a normal year and this requires funds for proper staffing.  

"This is the right time to be talking about boosting high-quality after-school provision including homework clubs and access to music and sport. 

"Sir Kevan Collins warned the government of the risks of not investing in recovery education adequately. If the Government refuses to invest in recovery then the gap between children from low-income families and middle class families is going to widen hugely. Without investment, a widening gap and rising school exclusions is therefore predictable and is a path we as a society must not take." 

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the largest union for school leaders, NAHT, said:

“I was pleased that the shadow Secretary of State took the time to recognise school leaders and their teams for their efforts over the past months. It was right some were there to hear it. 

“The shadow Secretary of State has recognised some of the most pressing issues facing schools and young people today, and we will continue our dialogue with Labour about their vision for education. 

“We are a politically independent union, which means that we are visiting all the major party conferences to argue for education reform. I want to see politicians from all parties talking with the highest level of ambition for education in this country. That should be the foundation of a meaningful debate about the financial commitment necessary to have a truly world class education system. Schools and colleges were under immense financial strain even before the pandemic.

“Merely talking about recovery is far too narrow. ‘Recovery’ implies a return to what we had before, which is simply not good enough. Now we need to build a system that is stronger and fairer than the one we know.

"We have a generation of ambitious young people, full of hope and demanding of change. Those who want to govern our country must be bold enough to propose something truly ambitious and world-beating.”

NAHT has put forward an education blueprint for the future, which urges policy makers to focus on seven key areas:

  1. Prioritising Early Years funding and support
  2. Improving support for mental health and wellbeing
  3. Investing in the teaching profession
  4. Providing targeted academic support for pupils who need it
  5. Expanding extra-curricular provision
  6. Investing in technology
  7. Removing unnecessary accountability and bureaucracy.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter yesterday

The Environmental Impacts of Remote Work: Stats and Benefits: Working from home is a necessity rather than a luxury… https://t.co/NEJrovahxg
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page