Department for Education (DfE)

Gillian is currently serving as Secretary of State for Education.

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

  • early years and childcare
  • children’s social care
  • teacher quality, recruitment and retention
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • academies and free schools
  • further education
  • apprenticeships and skills
  • higher education
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Department for Education

Gillian was appointed the Secretary of State for Education on 25th October 2022

The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:


Foster Care Fortnight

Gillian had a brilliant time celebrating Foster Care Fortnight and welcoming so many amazing foster carers to 10 Downing Street recently.

Thank you for everything you do!

Mumsnet Interview

It was great for Gillian to chat childcare, teachers, special educational needs and much more with founder Justine Roberts.

Gillian thanks Mumsnet for having her!

GCSEs and A Levels 2023

Good luck to everyone starting their GCSEs and A levels today – and of course to those continuing with exams and assessments for VTQs and T Levels.

Students have worked really hard for this, and the next few weeks provide them with a real opportunity to show what they can do!

G7 Education Ministers' Meeting 2023

Gillian had a busy past few days in Japan for the G7 Education Ministers' Meeting. 

So many of us across the world face similar challenges in education. That's why events like these, and last week's World Education Forum, are so important.

World Education Forum 2023

It was a real pleasure for Gillian to open this year's World Education Forum today and to speak with so many other leaders from across the education space.

The Eden Project

A lovely way for school children to mark the Coronation. 

If planted all together, the seeds would fill around 40 rugby pitches with wildflower meadows.

School Budget Increase

This Government will oversee the highest school budget on record, putting an extra £2 billion into schools this year and the next.

This means over £2 million pounds in additional investment for Chichester's schools, topping up budgets and helping headteachers manage higher costs.

Interfaith Iftar

Gillian had a fantasic time speaking at the first-ever Iftar at the National History Museum hosted by Naz Legacy Foundation. 

Gillian Gives Live Update on Teachers' Strike

This morning, Gillian spoke to TalkTV's Julia Hartley-Brewer on a number of issues, including teachers' strikes. Check out the full interview above. For more general updates, keep an eye on Gillian's website and her Facebook page.