Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, said: "We welcome Damian Hinds to education. As many predecessors have said, it is the best job in government because of the impact it has on the futures of so many young people.
"For the past 18 months, the DfE has been building a strong relationship with the profession. Free from needless 'big ticket' policy announcements significant progress has been made lately on areas like Primary assessment. We have also seen fresh ambitions to improve careers advice and guidance, sex and relationships education and social mobility.
"Children need stability and their teachers can only provide that if the backdrop of education policy provides continuity for the profession.
"We look forward to developing the profession's relationship with Mr Hinds, building on the platform created by Justine Greening, working collaboratively with the profession and treating school staff with respect. New Secretaries of State often feel that new announcements are obligatory. In 2018, where budgets are at breaking point and recruitment is still a massive challenge, education does not need more upheaval."
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