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Nicky Morgan re-appointed Education Secretary

The Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan, has been reappointed as the Education Secretary in David Cameron's new majority government.

Nicky Morgan giving her speech after winning her constituency Credit: ITV News Central

The move to confirm her position in the cabinet has been described by some as a "huge vote of confidence" in her performance.

Nicky Morgan was re-elected in her constituency on Friday, with an increased majority of more than 9,000 votes over her Labour rival.

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Children to be taught in woodland in new initiative

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project about using local woodland to teach children about the environment Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project using local woodland to teach children about the environment.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project at Outwoods Edge Primary today.

Over the next two years, the Trust aims to help 40 primary schools across the UK make the most of their local woodland.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Teaching in woods is free, it fits in with the national curriculum, and no extra training is needed.

"It provides a really inspiring setting for learning, and not only will this encourage children to better understand and appreciate the natural environment, it will help them develop practical and social skills that will nurture self-esteem and confidence."

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive
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Tories 'to protect schools budget' if party wins election

The Conservatives will protect the schools budget if the party wins the next General Election, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has indicated.

Ms Morgan said she is "absolutely fighting for the schools budget to be protected", hinting that she had already won the battle.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan speaks to Andrew Marr. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show whether the schools budget will be protected, Morgan said: "We're going to have more to say on schools funding very shortly but what I can say is that I am absolutely fighting for the schools budget to be protected."

"It goes back to the point, the announcement that we're making today, which is actually about getting the basics right really early on and that's why the investment is in the schools budget."

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