Minister of State (Minister for School Standards)

The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP


Nick Gibb was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in 1997.


Nick went to school in Maidstone, Leeds and Wakefield before going on to study law at Durham University. He was formerly a chartered accountant specialising in corporate taxation with KPMG.

Political career

He served as Shadow Minister for Schools from 2005 until 2010, and as Minister of State for Schools from May 2010 until September 2012.

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Minister of State (Minister for School Standards)

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • recruitment and retention of teachers and school leaders (including initial teacher training, qualifications and professional development)
  • supporting a high-quality teaching profession and reducing teacher workload
  • Teaching Regulation Agency
  • admissions and school transport
  • school revenue funding, including the national funding formula for schools
  • curriculum and qualifications (including links with Ofqual)
  • Standards and Testing Agency and primary assessment
  • school accountability and inspection (including links with Ofsted)
  • support for raising school standards
  • school sport
  • pupil premium
  • relationships, sex, and health education; and personal, social, health and economic education
  • behaviour and attendance and exclusions
  • early education curriculum and teaching quality
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) response for schools

More about this role

Department for Education