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New Education Secretary appointed

Nadhim Zahawi has been confirmed as the new Education Secretary in today's (15 Sept) cabinet reshuffle.

Nadhim will be taking over from Gavin Williamson who has moved in today's reshuffle. Nadhim is Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon, and was previously Minister for Business & Industry and COVID Vaccine Deployment. He was also appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 28 November 2020.

He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.

Nadhim was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010.

"Education is a crucial part of our levelling up agenda so it's an honour to be back at the Department for Education as Secretary of State.

"Children and young people have had a tough time during this pandemic and I’ll be listening to them and their families as we accelerate our work to build back better and fairer.

"From my own experience, I know what a beacon of opportunity this country can be and I want all children, young people and adults to have access to a brilliant education, the right qualifications and opportunities to secure good jobs. That’s both vital for them and also our economy and is more important now than ever before.

"I can't wait to get started, working with the amazing teachers and staff in our nurseries, schools, colleges and universities as well as employers and businesses.”

Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi

Zahawi was privately educated at Ibstock Place School and then at King's College School, an independent school in Wimbledon, London, followed by University College London, where he studied Chemical Engineering.

Clarifying his ambitions for his new role, in an open letter to education and care professionals, Nadhim has promised:

"With Your Help, We Are Going To Transform The Lives Of The Most Vulnerable And Disadvantaged."


Review the sector's reaction to this appointment here

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