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
  • further education
  • higher education
  • apprenticeships and skills

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities on 14 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields on 5 May 2005.


Justine attended her local comprehensive school in Rotherham, South Yorkshire before going on to study economics at Southampton University. Justine has an MBA from the London Business School.


Justine was a finance manager at Centrica plc before being elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2005. Following her election she was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for youth.

As well as being a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, in 2007 she became a Shadow Treasury Minister and in January 2009 became the Shadow Minister for London.

Justine was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from May 2010 to October 2011 and Secretary of State for Transport from October 2011 to September 2012. She served as Secretary of State for International Development from September 2012 until July 2016.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    • 2010 to 2014


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  1. New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding

    • News story
  2. Education Secretary addresses ASCL conference

    • News story
  3. Justine Greening: teacher development key to school improvement

    • Speech
  4. Schools to teach 21st century relationships and sex education

    • Press release
  5. Foreign Secretary announces new Foreign and Commonwealth Office Special Envoy for Gender Equality

    • News story
  6. New funding to boost schools facilities and healthy lifestyles

    • Press release
  7. Justine Greening's vision for the teaching profession

    • News story
  8. Justine Greening: teachers - the experts driving social mobility

    • Speech
  9. County Durham student awarded Lord Glenamara memorial prize

    • Press release
  10. Education Secretary visits Derby on opportunity areas tour

    • News story