Gavin Williamson will continue in the role of education secretary following a reshuffle that saw a number of his colleagues return to the backbenches.

The MP for South Staffordshire has been in post since last July.

Born in Scarborough in 1976, Williamson attended a comprehensive school and sixth form college before going on to study social sciences at the University of Bradford.

He has been a Conservative for most of his life, and served as chair of Conservative Students, the precursor to Conservative Future, while at university.

Williamson worked in the manufacturing industry, as managing director of fireplace firm Elgin & Hall and later as boss of Aynsley China.

He is a former chief whip and defence secretary.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We have a good rapport with Gavin Williamson.

“It is good to see some continuity at the Department for Education. This will allow our current discussions on important issues like accountability, pupil well-being and funding to continue without any delay.”

More to follow

Source: School News
Gavin Williamson to continue as education secretary following post-Brexit reshuffle

Gavin Williamson to continue as education secretary following post-Brexit reshuffle
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