A new Education Secretary is appointed and the departure of Robert Goodwill is announced

News - 10 Jan 2018

Following the cabinet re-shuffle this week, the government has announced both a new Secretary of State for Education, and a new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

Justine Greening has been replaced as Education Secretary by Damian Hinds, the MP for East Hampshire. Mr Hinds has been moved from the Department of Work and Pensions into Education, and has previously sat on the Education Select Committee; he talks positively about social mobility, being a former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility.

Robert Goodwill has left his post as Minister for vulnerable children and families, to which he was appointed following the general election last year. A new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DfE has been announced as Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, although details of his role have not yet been released. It remains to be seen whether he will take on the same brief as Robert Goodwill, which included early years and childcare as well as SEND.

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