Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Education


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

  • early years
  • adoption and child protection
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • the establishment of academies and free schools

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan was appointed Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities on 15 July 2014. She was elected Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010.


Nicky attended Surbiton High School, before going on to read law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Political career

Nicky has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that was a member of the BIS Select Committee. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government, until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on 9 April 2014.

Career outside politics

Nicky qualified as a solicitor in 1996, specialising in corporate law, and advised a range of private and public companies from 1996 to 2010.

Personal life

Nicky lives in Loughborough with husband Jonathan and they have one son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    • 2010 to 2014


  1. Young people
  2. Arts and culture
  3. Children's health
  4. Equality
  5. School behaviour and attendance
  6. School and college qualifications and curriculum
  7. School and college funding and accountability
  8. Education of disadvantaged children
  9. Academies and free schools
  10. Human rights internationally


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  1. Nicky Morgan speaks about the inspirational impact of Teach First

    • 29 July 2015
    • Speech
  2. The arts underpin our understanding of Britishness

    • 16 July 2015
    • Speech
  3. Extending opportunity through the pupil premium

    • 1 July 2015
    • Speech
  4. New safeguarding advice for schools and childcare providers

    • 1 July 2015
    • News story
  5. Hundreds of ‘coasting’ schools to be transformed

    • 30 June 2015
    • Press release
  6. Nicky Morgan speaks about the importance of school governance

    • 27 June 2015
    • Speech
  7. Nicky Morgan statement on the death of Sir Chris Woodhead

    • 23 June 2015
    • News story
  8. Nicky Morgan discusses the future of education in England

    • 18 June 2015
    • Speech
  9. Preparing children for a successful future through the EBacc

    • 16 June 2015
    • Speech
  10. Nicky Morgan hails inspection figures as 'cause for celebration'

    • 16 June 2015
    • Press release