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 Michael Gove MP

Michael Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Surrey Heath.


Michael was educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Political career

Michael was Shadow Minister for Housing from 2005 to 2007 and Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 2010.

Career outside politics

Michael became a journalist after leaving university, working as a reporter for The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a researcher and reporter at Scottish Television and a reporter for BBC Television. He was later Assistant Editor of The Times.

Personal life

Michael is married with 2 children.


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP as Secretary of State for Education

  1. Making schools and colleges more accountable and giving them more control over their budget

    • 27 March 2014
  2. Raising the achievement of disadvantaged children

    • 6 February 2014
  3. Improving the quality of teaching and leadership

    • 27 November 2013
  4. Improving the adoption system and services for looked-after children

    • 20 November 2013
  5. Reforming qualifications and the curriculum to better prepare pupils for life after school

    • 15 November 2013
  6. Increasing options and improving provision for children with special educational needs (SEN)

    • 4 October 2013
  7. Improving the quality and range of education and childcare from birth to 5 years

    • 27 September 2013
  8. Making the construction and maintenance of school buildings more cost-effective

    • 30 July 2013
  9. Supporting social workers to provide help and protection to children

    • 22 April 2013
  10. Increasing opportunities for young people and helping them to achieve their potential

    • 22 April 2013


by Secretary of State for Education

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  1. Gove welcomes reappointment of Amanda Spielman as Chair of Ofqual

    • 15 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Academy goes from failing to outstanding in just 2 years

    • 11 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. New arts GCSEs to be introduced in 2016

    • 9 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. GCSE and A level reform

    • 9 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Keeping children safe: updated statutory guidance for schools

    • 3 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Michael Gove: an education system which works for every child

    • 1 April 2014
    • Speech
  7. Historical child protection investigations

    • 27 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Historic government building gets new future

    • 26 March 2014
    • News story
  9. 130,000 fewer pupils regularly missing school

    • 25 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. Michael Gove speaks about the future of vocational education

    • 3 March 2014
    • Speech

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