Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System

Responsibilities

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • academies and multi-academy trusts
  • faith schools
  • independent schools
  • home education and supplementary schools
  • intervention in underperforming schools
  • school improvement (including teaching school alliances, national and local leaders of education and school improvement funds)
  • school governance
  • school capital investment (including new school places, school condition, land and playing fields)
  • counter extremism and integration in schools, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges

Current role holder: Lord Agnew

Lord Theodore Agnew was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System on 28 September 2017 and lead non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.

Lord Agnew previously served as a non-executive board member at the Department for Education, where he was chair of the department’s Academies Board from 2013 to 2015.

Outside of the department, Lord Agnew founded Somerton Capital LLP in 2007 and co-founded the WNS Group (a US listed company) in 1990.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord Nash

    • 2016 to 2017

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  1. New Regional Schools Commissioner appointed for the West Midlands

    • News story
  2. Skills boost for the North as maths school to open in Liverpool

    • News story
  3. Digital and science engineering to be taught at new college

    • News story
  4. Schools to get expert advice from leading business advisers

    • News story
  5. Measures to deliver quality education across all settings

    • News story
  6. Funding boost to improve and expand school buildings

    • News story
  7. Top universities urged to open new maths schools

    • News story
  8. More help for vulnerable children to attend top boarding schools

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  9. Lord Agnew: By working together we can achieve so much more

    • Speech
  10. Thirty-two academy leaders elected to help schools thrive

    • News story