HMC response to Gavin Williamson’s confirmation as Education Secretary

Responding to the news that Gavin Williamson will continue as Education Secretary, HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said:

“We welcome Mr Williamson’s confirmation as Education Secretary, and as leaders of the nation’s leading independent schools we renew our commitment to helping to create a vibrant, diverse, genuinely one nation education system which delivers for all children in the UK.

“We join with our colleagues in the state system to ask for fair and sufficient funding and resources for all schools. We will play our part by helping push up standards, create happy and healthy young people and enrich the communities in which we work.

“We reaffirm the vision of partnership and shared endeavour enshrined in our 2018 Joint Understanding with the last Government, and hope to step up our collaborative work with our partners in the state sector at local, regional and national level.

“If the new Government is willing to work with us, an exciting future is possible, including more  disadvantaged, vulnerable and lower income children being able to attend some of the best schools in the world. We stand ready and willing to engage with the Government to make this vision a reality.“