I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as minister for education, lifelong learning and skills and I am delighted that Wales is seen across the world as a country which values education highly and is prepared to be radical in the interests of our children.
I will watch with interest the roll-out of the foundation phase and the Welsh baccalaureate and look forward to working with many of you again on the development of forest and eco-schools, and a curriculum which reflects the challenges of climate change and Wales's special commitment to sustainability.
Over the past seven years, I have always been impressed by the huge commitment of those who work in education. I know I leave the portfolio in good hands with Carwyn Jones and wish him and your readers all the best as we move towards the next stage of devolution - the use of the new Assembly powers.
And I am very pleased that the first proposal for a new Legislative Competence Order is in the area of additional learning needs.
Minister for sustainability and rural development