Ministerial role

Minister of State (Minister for School Standards)

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: Robin Walker MP

Responsibilities

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • supporting a high-quality teaching profession including qualifications and professional development
  • supporting recruitment and retention of teachers and school leaders including initial teacher training
  • Teaching Regulation Agency
  • qualifications (including links with Ofqual)
  • curriculum including relationships, sex, and health education; and personal, social, health and economic education
  • Standards and Testing Agency and primary assessment
  • school accountability and inspection (including links with Ofsted)
  • support for raising school standards
  • school revenue funding, including the national funding formula for schools
  • school efficiency
  • pupil premium
  • behaviour, attendance and exclusions
  • digital strategy and technology in education (Edtech)
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) response for schools

Current role holder

Robin Walker MP

Robin Walker was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 16 September 2021.

His previous roles in government include:

  • Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 13 February 2020 to 16 September 2021
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 16 December 2019 to 13 February 2020
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office from July to December 2019
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from July 2016 to July 2019

Robin was elected as the Conservative MP for Worcester in May 2010.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

    2016 to 2021