Schools in the UK need to prepare young people for a digital revolution and a fast-changing jobs market, says England’s new education secretary, Damian Hinds. In his first public speech since taking up the post, Mr Hinds said schools needed a mix of “core academic subjects” and “soft skills” that could make young people more employable and instil them with a sense of “resilience.”

He added that a high proportion of new jobs would require digital skills, and spoke of the importance of schools embracing digital techniques in the classroom – and noted that they could also benefit teachers by reducing workloads. He also called for improvements in vocational training for adults to retrain for a changing jobs market.