Michael Gove MP – a Conservative member of parliament – is the new Secretary of State for Education, and the Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010, replacing the Department for Children, Schools and Families. It is responsible for education and children's services.
A full ministerial team had yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, but a new website – www.education.gov.uk – had been established in preparation for full duty.
One of the Conservative flagship manifesto promises is the creation of “a new generation of independently run state schools. We will make it much easier for educational charities, groups of parents and teachers, cooperatives and others to start new Academies (independent, non-selective state schools). We will move to a national per pupil funding system, so that new schools get paid if they attract pupils, with extra funding for the poorest pupils (a pupil premium).”
Michael Gove was educated at both state and independent schools, in England and Scotland. He claims that all of his experiences have led to a commitment to raise standards in state schools and help children from less privileged backgrounds maximise their potential.
An MP since 2005, he is married to Sarah Vine, a writer for The Times, and has two children.