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 was elected Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010.


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


  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


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  1. Education Secretary recommends new Chief Inspector of Ofsted

    • Press release
  2. Nicky Morgan at the Careers & Enterprise Company Conference

    • Speech
  3. Next steps to spread educational excellence everywhere announced

    • Press release
  4. Nicky Morgan: Leicester Enterprise Adviser Network launch

    • Speech
  5. Nicky Morgan: Naz Legacy Foundation

    • Speech
  6. Nicky Morgan speech at the NAHT annual conference 2016

    • Speech
  7. Community languages saved to ensure diverse curriculum continues

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

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

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

    • Press release