What should be our new Education Secretary’s top priorities?

What should be our new Education Secretary’s top priorities? Education professionals and readers respond to this question from The Guardian newspaper, but what would be yours?

Crossfields Institute shares the concern of Koen Lamberts, Richard Evans and many others in Higher Education about the impact of “Brexit” on collaborative research work and access to UK HE institutions by overseas students. Both of these bring diversity and depth to our universities and HE Institutes. We also hope that Justine Greening will take seriously the question “what will actually be best for children, teachers and parents?” and encourage her department to be open to creative, learner-centred approaches to education for all ages.

The education secretary, Justine Greening. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

European Commission states: No immediate change for Erasmus+ programmes in the UK

There is no immediate change to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ Programme following the EU referendum result and the UK National Agency will continue to manage and deliver the Programme across the UK. All participants and beneficiaries in the school education sector should continue with their Erasmus+ funded activities and preparation for the published application deadlines – in 2016 and 2017. This position is supported by the statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, published on 28 June 2016. His statement also outlines some initial information regarding the UK’s future access to the Erasmus+ programme and we will update all those involved in the programme when further information becomes available. The European Commission (EC) has also published an update on their Erasmus+ website here which links to an article on the UK’s status within the EU here.