Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Education

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP


The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years and childcare
  • children’s social care
  • teacher quality, recruitment and retention
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • academies and free schools
  • further education
  • apprenticeships and skills
  • higher education

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP

Gillian Keegan was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 25 October 2022.

She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Africa) at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office from 7 September 2022 to 25 October 2022.

Prior to this Gillian served as:

  • Minister of State (Minister for Care and Mental Health) at the Department of Health and Social Care - September 2021 to September 2022
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills) at the Department for Education - February 2020 to September 2021

Gillian was elected as Conservative MP for Chichester on 8 June 2017.

(Photo source UK Parliament website. Used under Creative Commons).

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP

    2022 to 2022

  2. The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP

    2022 to 2022

  3. The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP

    2022 to 2022

  4. The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

    2021 to 2022

  5. The Rt Hon Sir Gavin Williamson CBE MP

    2019 to 2021

  6. The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP

    2018 to 2019

  7. The Rt Hon Justine Greening

    2016 to 2018

  8. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan

    2014 to 2016

  9. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    2010 to 2014