Damian Hinds, the new education secretary, promised to end years of upheavalNIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

There will be no new tests or exams, changes to the national curriculum or further reforms to GCSEs and A levels for at least four years, the new education secretary will promise today.

Damian Hinds’s first speech in the post will reassure teachers that the years of turbulence, and steady flow of new initiatives from the Department for Education, are over for the time being. It is part of a broader attempt to make teachers’ jobs more manageable, cut workloads and reverse the staff shortages afflicting thousands of schools.

Mr Hinds says the government has got the message about the recruitment and retention crisis that coincides with rising pupil numbers. There are particularly acute teacher shortages in maths, physics and computing.

His promise of a…