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 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.

Education

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

Policies

  1. School and college funding
  2. School and college accountability
  3. Human rights internationally
  4. Children outside mainstream education (alternative provision)
  5. Young people
  6. Arts and culture
  7. Children's health
  8. Equality
  9. School behaviour and attendance
  10. School and college qualifications and curriculum

Announcements

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  1. Community languages saved to ensure diverse curriculum continues

    • Press release
  2. Encouraging pupils to foster a love of Shakespeare

    • Press release
  3. Academies Show 2016: educational excellence everywhere

    • Speech
  4. New Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education

    • Press release
  5. Turbocharged academies programme gives better education for 350,000 children

    • Press release
  6. £200 million to transform life chances of vulnerable young people

    • Press release
  7. Nicky Morgan: leaving the EU risks a lost generation

    • Speech
  8. Education Secretary unveils a new blueprint for adoption

    • Press release
  9. Teacher workload: new measures announced

    • Press release
  10. Stepping up to shape an education system which delivers opportunity for all

    • Speech