Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP


Title: Opening Keynote address from the Education Secretary

During the opening Festival Keynote, we will hear from the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson MP.

Following the Secretary of States opening keynote, there will be a live Q&A led by the editor of Schools Week, John Dickens.

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About Gavin Williamson MP

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 24 July 2019.

He was Secretary of State for Defence from 2 November 2017 to 1 May 2019. He was Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from 14 July 2016 to 2 November 2017.

He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.

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

  • early years
  • children’s social care
  • teacher recruitment and retention
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • academies and free schools
  • further education
  • apprenticeships and skills
  • higher education
  • oversight of the departmental coronavirus (COVID-19) response

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Department for Education

Previous roles in government

Speaker Details
  • Name

    Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP

  • Role

    Secretary of State for Education

  • Organisation

    HM Government

  • Date & Time

    15:00-15:45 | Wednesday 16 June