Following the formation of a Conservative minority government with DUP support, Theresa May has completed a reshuffle of her ministerial team. Below we take a look at what this means for the Department for Education team:
Justine Greening – Secretary of State
Justine Greening, the first ever comprehensively educated Secretary of State for Education retained her place in the Cabinet on Sunday. Since taking the position in July 2016 she has had the tricky task of navigating the government on grammar schools and the national funding formula – both vehemently controversial plans. However, Greening has been received more warmly than her predecessors by the teaching profession and has made the pursuit of social mobility a priority for the DfE.
You can read our full profile of her here.
Nick Gibb – Minister for School Standards
Also managing to escape the ministerial chopping block, Nick Gibb will also be staying on as Minister for School Standards. Gibb has been a somewhat controversial figure in his time as Minister of State, following a series of reforms such as new tougher SATs, the English Baccalaureate and the roll-out of synthetic phonics.
Gibb’s remit will primarily be staying the same, though he will have to contend with the backlash from School Leaders and parents following complaints about new SATs difficulty and faces consultations on the new primary assessment system on the 22nd June. It is likely that Gibb will oversee the commitment by the Conservatives to build on the the phonics screening test, a new times tables check and delivering 75 per cent of pupils to enter the EBacc combination of GCSES by the end of the next parliament.
Lord Nash – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Since Lord Nash being granted his peerage in 2013, he has been instrumental in steering Education policy for the Government.
In January 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, and one of his responsibilities was to push the controversial forced academisation of ‘coasting’ schools through the House of Lords.
In 2006 he set up Future, a charity designed to support young people by working with other small charities and sponsoring academies, including Pimlico Academy and Millbank Primary Academy.
He was a non-executive board member at the Department for Education for over 2 years before being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools. His responsibilities include school governance, admissions and school capital investment.
Jo Johnson – Minister for Universities and Science
Jo Johnson (brother of Boris Johnson) will be staying in his role as Universities and Science Minister,
Johnson had previously come under fire for promising to ‘trace and prosecute’ students who avoid paying back their student loans. He also oversees the industrial strategy and a wrath of reforms to higher education.
The departures from the team were Robert Halfon from the FE and Edward Timpson who lost his seat – meaning we are awaiting a new Minister for vulnerable children and families.
Two appointments have been made but as of yet it is not clear which brief they will be taking:
The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP – Skills and Apprenticeships
Elected as MP for Guildford in 2005. Anne trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, as a district nurse.
Between 2010 and 2012 she served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Department of Health and was appointed a Government Whip in 2012.
Milton will take the skills and apprenticeships brief, replacing Halfon who was dismissed by Theresa May on Monday night.
Robert Goodwill MP – Vulnerable Children and Families
Robert Goodwill was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 12 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby in 2005.
He served as Minister of State at the Department for Transport from December 2015 until July 2016.
Outside of politics he is a farmer and a managing director of an undertakers in the North Yorkshire.
It is understood that Goodwill will replace Timpson – we will be doing a further profile on him soon.