Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Biography

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.

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

Minister for Women and Equalities

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for:

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

Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equalities.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Women

    • 2014 to 2014
  2. Financial Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2014 to 2014
  3. Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister)

    • 2013 to 2014
  4. Assistant Whip

    • 2012 to 2013

Policies

  1. Academies and free schools
  2. Equality
  3. Human rights internationally
  4. Childcare and early education
  5. Children outside mainstream education
  6. Children's social workers
  7. Education of disadvantaged children
  8. Looked-after children and adoption
  9. School and college funding and accountability
  10. School and college qualifications and curriculum

Announcements

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  1. Extending opportunity through the pupil premium

    • 1 July 2015
    • Speech
  2. New safeguarding advice for schools and childcare providers

    • 1 July 2015
    • News story
  3. Hundreds of ‘coasting’ schools to be transformed

    • 30 June 2015
    • Press release
  4. Nicky Morgan speaks about the importance of school governance

    • 27 June 2015
    • Speech
  5. Celebrating Pride in London

    • 27 June 2015
    • News story
  6. Nicky Morgan statement on the death of Chris Woodhead

    • 23 June 2015
    • News story
  7. Nicky Morgan discusses the future of education in England

    • 18 June 2015
    • Speech
  8. Preparing children for a successful future through the Ebacc

    • 16 June 2015
    • Speech
  9. Nicky Morgan hails inspection figures as 'cause for celebration'

    • 16 June 2015
    • Press release
  10. New reforms to raise standards and improve behaviour

    • 16 June 2015
    • Press release