Minister of State 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.

Minister of State 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 (including links to National College for Teaching and Leadership)
  • reducing teacher workload
  • admissions and school transport
  • national funding formula for schools and school revenue funding
  • curriculum, assessment and qualifications (including links with Ofqual)
  • school accountability (including links with Ofsted)
  • personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and children and young people’s mental health
  • preventing bullying in schools
  • behaviour and attendance, exclusions and alternative provision policy

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities)

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Minister of State for Schools

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Minister of State for School Reform

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Minister of State for Schools

    • 2010 to 2012


  1. School inspections: Nick Gibb letter to Ofsted
  2. Pioneering new approach to assessing pupils with complex disabilities to be introduced in schools
  3. Tech experts to provide National Centre for Computing Education
  4. UK starts selection process for next Poet Laureate
  5. Record numbers learning instruments in class thanks to music hubs
  6. More children on track to be fluent readers in primary school
  7. School Standards Minister at ResearchED
  8. New teachers ready to deliver in the classroom
  9. Primary school standards continue to rise
  10. GCSE pupils gaining knowledge and skills for future success