Justine Greening, the recently appointed education secretary, has praised state education in her first article since taking on her new role, while also urging teachers to inspire the passion for learning that her own gave her.
"It’s an incredible opportunity to have been appointed by the prime minister to be secretary of state at the Department for Education, which will now also include further education, apprenticeships, universities and skills. It gives me the chance to help build and improve the very state education system that gave me my start as a young person," she wrote in the article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES).
She says how she recognises the challenges that teachers face and the pressures on the education system, but praises teachers for their ability to unlock the potential in students across the country.
Ms Greening went on to thank her own teachers, who she says inspired her and helped her to achieve what she has in her career today.
Her aim is to work through all issues that have been raised to date and help to steer the direction of education in order to ensure it can continue to grow successfully.
She concluded her article by saying: "There is a lot to do; there are some big decisions to be taken. But in summary, I want today’s teachers, and today’s schools, to excite - and to instil - as much passion for learning as my teachers and schools did for me."