Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Education

Responsibilities

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

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.

Education

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

    • 2010 to 2014

Policies

  1. Young people

    • 26 March 2015
  2. School building and maintenance

    • 20 March 2015
  3. School and college qualifications and curriculum

    • 20 February 2015
  4. Teaching and school leadership

    • 26 January 2015
  5. School and college funding and accountability

    • 24 November 2014
  6. Education of disadvantaged children

    • 13 November 2014
  7. Academies and free schools

    • 27 October 2014
  8. Children's social workers

    • 10 October 2014
  9. Childcare and early education

    • 22 August 2014
  10. School behaviour and attendance

    • 5 August 2014

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  1. Michael Gove speaks about the future of education reform

    • 10 July 2014
    • Speech
  2. Lowest rate of young people NEET for 20 years

    • 25 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. New schools bring total number of free school places to 175,000

    • 19 June 2014
    • Press release
  4. New school food standards

    • 17 June 2014
    • Press release
  5. School Teachers' Review Body: 24th report

    • 10 June 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Birmingham schools: Secretary of State for Education's statement

    • 9 June 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. PM actions in response to allegations of extremism in schools

    • 9 June 2014
    • News story
  8. The purpose of our school reforms

    • 7 June 2014
    • Speech
  9. Chair of the School Teachers' Review Body: position advertised

    • 19 May 2014
    • News story
  10. Independent review of initial teacher training courses launched

    • 1 May 2014
    • Press release