Minister of State for School Standards and Minister for Equalities

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)
  • 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

Minister for Equalities

The Minister for Equalities has overall responsibility for:

  • policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality
  • cross-government equality strategy and legislation

Before June 2017, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and Equalities.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Schools

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

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Minister of State for Schools

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Nick Gibb: The importance of knowledge-based education

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  2. Hundreds of pupils on track towards fluency in Mandarin

    • News story
  3. Thousands more children on track to become fluent readers

    • News story
  4. Nick Gibb: The importance of vibrant and open debate in education

    • Speech
  5. Schools around the country to stamp out LGBT bullying

    • Press release
  6. A level results day 2017

    • News story
  7. £16 million drive to boost maths skills for post Brexit Britain

    • News story
  8. Ambition for vast majority of students to study core academic GCSEs

    • News story
  9. Update on school cladding safety checks

    • News story
  10. Primary school tests show schools rising to the challenge

    • News story