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Gavin Williamson remains in education secretary post

By Rachel LawlerGavin Williamson Education

Gavin Williamson is to remain in his post as education secretary, following a cabinet reshuffle.

Nick Gibb has also retained his role as schools minister, but it is not yet clear whether or not his remit will still include responsibiliy for the early years.

Elsewhere at the Department for Education, Michelle Donelan was promoted to minister of state for universities, while Vicky Ford replaced her as parliamentary under secretary of state for children and families.

The wider reshuffle saw former chancellor Sajid Javid resign his role, just a few weeks ahead of next month’s Budget. He was replaced by former chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak.

Universities minister Chris Skidmore and business secretary Andrea Leadsom also left their respective roles.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said: “At a time of great challenge for the early years, we hope that Mr Williamson will be actively involved in discussions about the future of the sector, particularly ahead of this year Budget and Spending Review. 

“All too often, education is seen as something that starts at the school gates. As such, we look forward to continuing to work with the education secretary, demonstrating to him the value of the early years and making the case for greater government support and investment going forward.”