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Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Scotland

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, commonly referred to as the Education Secretary, is a position in the Scottish Government cabinet responsible for the Education department. The Cabinet Secretary responsibilities include all levels of education in Scotland from nurseries to higher education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Cabinet Secretary is supported by the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages and the Minister for Children and Young People which are both junior ministerial posts.[1]

Responsibilities

Education – science, higher education and universities, further education and colleges, educational attainment, school standards, quality and improvement, the teaching profession, school infrastructure and staffing, behaviour, measures to combat bullying, qualifications, modern languages, Scottish studies, children’s rights, children’s services, early years, adoption and fostering, child protection, looked after children, children’s hearings, protection of vulnerable groups, social services workforce, youth work, non-advanced vocational skills, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

History

The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Children and Education; it was renamed as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in 2000 and given more responsibilities; those were taken away from the post in 2001 and it was renamed again as the Minister for Education and Young People; the current position of Cabinet Secretary was created following the 2007 election.

List of Office holders

Minister for Children and education

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Sam Galbraith 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Scottish Labour Party Donald Dewar

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

Jack McConnell 28 November 2001 22 November 2002 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish

Minister for Education and Young People

Cathy Jamieson 22 November 2002 20 May 2003 Scottish Labour Party Jack McConnell
Peter Peacock 20 May 2003 14 November 2006 Labour Party
Hugh Henry 14 November 2006 16 May 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Fiona Hyslop 16 May 2007 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Michael Russell 1 December 2009 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party
Angela Constance 21 November 2014 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

References

  1. ^ "Biographies and responsibilities: Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 


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