DfE lists responsibilities of its ministers a month after government reshuffle

Confirmation that Nadhim Zahawi has responsibility for SEND, early years and safeguarding

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The Department for Education has revealed the full list of responsibilities of its ministerial team, more than a month after the government reshuffle.

It confirms for the first time that Nadhim Zahawi has taken over the brief for special educational needs, early years and safeguarding from Robert Goodwill, who was sacked by Theresa May.

The DfE said that neither Mr Zahawi nor Lord Agnew are paid for their ministerial roles.

The full list of ministerial responsibilities, as listed by the DfE, is:

Damian Hinds, secretary of state for education

Responsible for the work of the DfE, including:

  • early years
  • children’s social care
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • academies and free schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • apprenticeships and skills

Nick Gibb, minister of state for school standards

  • recruitment and retention of teachers and school leaders (including initial teacher training, qualifications and professional development)
  • supporting a high-quality teaching profession (including links to National College for Teaching and Leadership)
  • reducing teacher workload
  • admissions and school transport
  • national funding formula for schools and school revenue funding
  • curriculum, assessment and qualifications (including links with Ofqual)
  • school accountability (including links with Ofsted)
  • personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and children and young people’s mental health
  • preventing bullying in schools
  • behaviour and attendance, exclusions and alternative provision policy

Lord Agnew, parliamentary under-secretary of state for the school system

  • free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • academies and multi-academy trusts
  • faith schools
  • independent schools
  • home education and supplementary schools
  • intervention in underperforming schools
  • school improvement (including teaching school alliances, national and local leaders of education and school improvement funds)
  • school governance
  • school capital investment (including new school places, school condition, land and playing fields)
  • counter extremism and integration in schools, further education colleges and sixth-form colleges

Nadhim Zahawi, parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families

  • children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance and family law
  • special educational needs including high needs funding
  • education policy in response to the race disparity audit
  • safeguarding in schools
  • disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus
  • school sport, healthy pupils and school food, including free school meals
  • early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy
  • childcare policy, inspection and regulation
  • delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer
  • social mobility including opportunity areas

Anne Milton, minister of state for apprenticeships and skills

  • apprenticeships including the apprenticeship levy, traineeships and institutes of technology
  • technical education and skills, including T-levels
  • careers education, information and guidance
  • post-16 funding (including support for young people and adult learners)
  • further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and local patterns of provision (including area reviews and city deals)
  • adult education, including the National Retraining Scheme and links to the review of post-18 education and funding
  • reducing the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training
  • the Department for Education non-executive board

Sam Gyimah, minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation

DfE responsibilities include:

  • universities and higher education reform
  • higher education student finance (including the Student Loans Company)
  • widening participation and social mobility in higher education
  • education exports (including international students, international research)
  • review of post-18 education and funding
  • tackling extremism in higher education

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responsibilities include:

  • industrial strategy
  • science and research
  • innovation
  • intellectual property
  • agri-tech
  • space
  • technology

 

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