Ministers confirm areas of responsibilities

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The Department for Education has confirmed what areas of responsibilities each of its ministers is to have in the new Government.

New children’s minister Sarah Teather will have responsibility for childcare, the EYFS, families, special educational needs and child poverty.

Tim Loughton, parliamentary under secretary of state for children and families, is to take charge of safeguarding, including vetting and barring, the children’s workforce, children’s services inspection and intervention, children’s trusts, and families with multiple problems.

Nick Gibb, minister of state for schools, will have responsibility for reforming the primary curriculum.

The full list of responsibilities published by the Department for Education is as follows:

Sarah Teather, minister of state for children and families:

  • Children’s Centres
  • Childcare
  • Early learning and development, curriculum 0-5
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Families
  • Health issues, including obesity, drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy
  • Child poverty
  • Children’s services commissioning and market development
  • Local authority funding/Local government policy
  • Government offices and field forces
  • School food/Healthy Schools
  • SEN and disabled children
  • Young carers

Tim Loughton, parliamentary under secretary of state for children and families:

  • Children’s Services inspection and intervention (inc Ofsted)
  • Children’s Trusts
  • Safeguarding including Vetting and barring scheme
  • Social Work Taskforce and social work reform
  • Children’s workforce
  • ContactPoint
  • ICS and eCAF (Common Assessment Framework) and Lead Professional
  • Families with multiple problems
  • CAFCASS and family law
  • Children in Care, Fostering and adoption (inc runaways)
  • Domestic violence
  • National Citizen Service (including Youth Community Action)
  • Sport
  • Youth Services
  • Youth crime
  • Department efficiencies

Nick Gibb, minister of state for schools:

  • Behaviour and attendance, bullying
  • Assessment & Key Stage tests
  • Independent schools
  • Contingency planning/response
  • QCDA/Ofqual
  • School admissions
  • NEETs (Not in employment, education or training)
  • Apprenticeships
  • Reducing bureaucracy in schools
  • Careers/IAG
  • Qualifications (Diplomas etc)
  • Reform of National curriculum 5-19 (including music, STEM, setting of classes)
  • Young People’s Learning Agency

Jonathan Hill CBE, parliamentary under secretary of state for schools:

  • Academies
  • ‘Free’ schools (Parental engagement in schools)
  • Ofsted inspection of schools
  • School improvement (inc National Challenge, City Challenge, and other improvement policies)
  • School funding (inc pupil premium)
  • Teachers and workforce issues
  • Teacher supply/quality
  • School transport
  • Schools’ capital and Building Schools for the Future
  • Technical academies