Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • a strong school system (including free schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, university technical colleges, studio schools, faith schools, independent schools, home education, supplementary schools)

  • school governance and underperformance

  • admissions

  • school capital investment (including new school places, school maintenance, land, and playing fields)

  • tackling extremism in schools

Current role holder: Lord Nash

Lord Nash was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools in January 2013.


Lord Nash worked in venture capital for 30 years, before deciding to work in education.

In 2006 he set up Future, a charity designed to support young people by working with other small charities and sponsoring academies, including Pimlico Academy and Millbank Primary Academy.

He was a non-executive board member at the Department for Education for over 2 years before being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools.


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