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 is the Member of Parliament for Loughborough.


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

Political career

Nicky was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. 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 1996-2010.

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. Equality
  2. Human rights internationally
  3. Academies and free schools
  4. Childcare and early education
  5. Children outside mainstream education
  6. Children's social workers
  7. Education of disadvantaged children
  8. Looked-after children and adoption
  9. School and college funding and accountability
  10. School and college qualifications and curriculum


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  1. Nicky Morgan takes part in a webchat about schools and education

    • 28 May 2015
    • News story
  2. Free schools drive social justice: Nicky Morgan

    • 22 May 2015
    • Press release
  3. New action plan to tackle mental health stigma in schools

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. £25 million injection to help ‘life-changing’ children’s services

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Carter Review recommendations get underway

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Science and maths send girls' future wages soaring

    • 22 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. Everyone has an opinion on education

    • 21 March 2015
    • Speech
  8. Government announces plans to help raise the status of teaching

    • 20 March 2015
    • Press release
  9. Nicky Morgan: Empowering Women in Education Leadership Conference

    • 19 March 2015
    • Speech
  10. Prime Minister announces landmark wave of free schools

    • 18 March 2015
    • Press release