The Guardian reveals that Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke and Labour’s newest recruit to its shadow education team, aspires to be the next minister for young people. A wide-ranging interview reports that,
He would also work to rebuild youth services, which, he says, is about more than “ping-pong tables and bean bags”. “It has a profound capacity to improve academic excellence and career opportunities. Youth services are withering on the vine at the moment. We will be making the case to Ed Balls and the Treasury team for youth service investment because I think there are long-term economic benefits.”
Given Tristram’s brief is careers, youth services and vocational training this sounds encouraging, tempered by the obvious failure to recognise youth work as a distinctive educational project in its own right. We could invite him to one of our forthcoming ‘Engaging Critically’ seminars. Indeed we could organise one specifically to explore Labour’s understanding of youth work. What do you think?
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He’s a historian, TV documentary maker, author and teacher. What difference is the new boy on the shadow education team going to make?