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Kit Malthouse becomes Education Secretary

Details: Written by Eleanor Lodge |

Amid a period of political turbulence and following the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Kit Malthouse is appointed as new Education Secretary. The move comes as James Cleverly steps away from the role, becoming Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

Who is Kit Malthouse?

The new Education Secretary is a chartered accountant, founding a midlands-based finance company which he now chairs. He was first elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015 and has previously served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from July to September 2022 as well as Minister of State in the Home Office and Minister of Justice from 2020 to 2022.

What will his role cover?

As the new Secretary of State for Education, Malthouse will be responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years
  • children’s social care
  • families
  • 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) recovery

Find out more about the responsibilities of the Education Secretory HERE

What will he do?

The new Education Secretary is facing challenges ahead, with teaching unions across the country calling for urgent funding and mounting pressures amid the cost of living crisis. With funding an ongoing issue, the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SCFA) and the AoC are both calling for an in-year uplift to 16-19 funding to support rising costs and inflation. This comes amid calls for widescale educational reform.

Find out more HERE