Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System)

Lord Agnew


Lord Theodore Agnew was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System on 28 September 2017 and lead non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.

Lord Agnew previously served as a non-executive board member at the Department for Education, where he was chair of the department’s Academies Board from 2013 to 2015.

Outside of the department, Lord Agnew founded Somerton Capital LLP in 2007 and co-founded the WNS Group (a US listed company) in 1990.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System)

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • academies and multi-academy trusts
  • faith schools
  • independent schools
  • home education and supplementary schools
  • intervention in underperforming schools
  • school improvement (including teaching school alliances, national and local leaders of education and school improvement funds)
  • school governance
  • school capital investment (including new school places, school condition, land and playing fields)
  • counter extremism and integration in schools, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges

Previous roles in government

  1. Lead non-executive board member

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. Non-executive

    • 2015 to 2015
  3. Non-executive board member

    • 2010 to 2015


  1. Ministerial portfolios confirmed at Department for Education
  2. Thousands of schools to improve through shared expertise
  3. National Schools Commissioner appointed
  4. Schools Minister calls on academies to justify 'excessive' pay
  5. Expert panel confirmed to raise education outcomes in North East
  6. New guidance to help parents avoid unsafe out-of-school settings
  7. New Regional Schools Commissioner appointed for the West Midlands
  8. Skills boost for the North as maths school to open in Liverpool
  9. Digital and science engineering to be taught at new college
  10. Schools to get expert advice from leading business advisers