Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Education

Organisations: Department for Education
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Responsibilities

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
  • oversight of the departmental coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Nadhim Zahawi was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 15 September 2021.

He was previously appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 26 July 2019 and as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 28 November 2020.

He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.

Nadhim was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

    2019 to 2021

  2. The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP

    2018 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Justine Greening

    2016 to 2018

  4. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan

    2014 to 2016

  5. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    2010 to 2014