14 July 2016

The new Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her new Cabinet including a new Secretary of State for Education.

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Education, following a previous appointment as International Development Secretary. Ms Greening has also been Secretary of State for Transport and has worked in the Treasury for a number of years.

The position was previously held by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, who will return to the back benches after being dismissed from the role earlier today.

The new Secretary of State will have greater responsibilities than her predecessor which will see the Department for Education oversee the development and implementation of education, further education and higher education policy.

Commenting on the appointment of Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group, said:

“I would like to congratulate Justine Greening on her appointment as the new Secretary of State for Education and we welcome reports that the Department for Education will once again oversee responsibilities for further education, skills and higher education.

“We hope the combined department will ensure cohesion right from school age through to adult learning and will provide a more joined up approach, we hope with a single funding agency, and with more opportunities to provide young people with careers education about alternative opportunities including vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.

“Everyone at the Skills and Education Group looks forward to working with the new Secretary of State and her team, over the next Parliament and seeing the recommendations from the Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education materialise within a fully integrated education and skills department.”