Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Education

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP


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

  • early years
  • children’s social care
  • teacher 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 Gavin Williamson CBE MP

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 24 July 2019.

He was Secretary of State for Defence from 2 November 2017 to 1 May 2019. He was Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from 14 July 2016 to 2 November 2017.

He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.

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

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP

    2018 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Justine Greening

    2016 to 2018

  3. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan

    2014 to 2016

  4. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    2010 to 2014


  1. PM confirms schools, colleges and nurseries on track to begin phased reopening
  2. Social workers to work with teachers in schools
  3. New measures announced ahead of Hidden Harms Summit
  4. Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 May
  5. Government support package for universities and students
  6. Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 April 2020
  7. Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families
  8. Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus
  9. Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals
  10. Further details on exams and grades announced