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An overview of who’s who and with what responsibilities at the Department of Education (DfE)

Gavin Williamson, education secretary

Williamson continues to retain the same broad set of responsibilities across the Department for Education including:

  • Early years
  • Children’s social care
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • The school curriculum
  • School improvement
  • Academies and free schools
  • Further education
  • Apprenticeships and skills
  • Higher education

Gillian Keegan, apprenticeships and skills minister

  • Strategy for post-16 education (jointly with Michelle Donelan)
  • Technical education and skills including T Levels and qualifications review
  • Apprenticeships including traineeships
  • Further education workforce
  • Further education provider market including quality and improvement and further education efficiency
  • Adult education, including the National Retraining Scheme and basic skills
  • Institutes of Technology and National Colleges
  • Reducing the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training
  • Careers education, information and guidance including the Careers Enterprise Company

Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department for Education on 14 February 2020

Michelle Donelan, universities minister

  • Strategy for post-16 education (jointly with Gillian Keegan)
  • Universities and higher education reform
  • Higher education student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
  • Widening participation in higher education
  • Quality of higher education and the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • International education strategy including education exports international students and technology in education (Edtech)
  • Opportunity Areas programme

Appointed Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education on 13 February 2020. She was previously Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 29 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She was also an unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education covering the maternity leave of Kemi Badenoch MP from 4 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.

Nick Gibb, schools minister

  • 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
  • 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

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

Baroness Berridge, academies minister

Baroness Berridge, who has replaced Lord Agnew, retains many of her predecessor’s responsibilities.

  • Free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • Academies and multi-academy trusts, including governance
  • Faith schools
  • Independent schools
  • Home education and supplementary schools
  • Intervention in underperforming schools, including trust capacity funds
  • School capital investment (including pupil place planning, new school places and school condition)
  • Counter extremism and integration in schools
  • Safeguarding in schools and post-16 settings
  • School efficiency
  • Departmental efficiency and commercial

She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System at the Department for Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Women) at the Department for International Trade on 14 February 2020. She has also been a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) since 29 July 2019.

Vicky Ford, children and families minister

  • Children’s social care including system and funding, workforce, child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers and local authority performance
  • Special educational needs, including high needs funding
  • Early years policy and childcare, including funding, providers, workforce, children’s centres, home learning environment and childcare entitlements
  • Alternative provision
  • Disadvantage and social mobility (including links to the Social Mobility Commission)
  • School food including free school meals
  • Children and young people’s mental health, online safety and preventing bullying in schools
  • Policy to protect against serious violence

Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education on 14 February 2020.