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. Games Workshop founder and entrepreneur to open 2 free schools

    • Press release
  2. The importance of partnerships for a world-class education system

    • Speech
  3. Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize giving 2016

    • Speech
  4. North-east teenager receives award from Education Secretary

    • Press release
  5. Thousands of parents benefit from 30 hours' free childcare early

    • Press release
  6. National Teaching Service pilot gets underway

    • Press release
  7. Parents to get greater say in the school admissions process

    • Press release
  8. New law will end 'outdated snobbery' towards apprenticeships

    • Press release
  9. Nicky Morgan opens character symposium at Floreat School

    • Speech
  10. Nicky Morgan underlines her commitment to technology in education

    • News story