Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
|Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills|
|Inaugural holder||Sam Galbraith|
The Cabinet Secretary is supported by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science and the Minister for Childcare and Early Years which are both junior ministerial posts.
The current Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills is John Swinney, who was appointed in May 2016.
The responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills include:
Government Strategy, Delivery and outcomes across portfolios, Resilience, School standards, Educational attainment and closing the attainment gap, National Improvement Framework, Quality and improvement, Teaching profession, School infrastructure and staffing, Qualifications, Behaviour, Measures to combat bullying, The Gaelic and Scots languages, Modern languages, Historical Abuse Inquiry, Named person, Cross Government co-ordination of Public Service Reform, Childcare implementation, Early years, Child protection, Social services workforce, Adoption and Fostering, Children’s rights, Looked after children, Children’s hearings, Protection of vulnerable groups, Children’s services, Widening Access, Higher education and universities, Further education and colleges, Student funding, Science and STEM, Youth work, Skills Development Scotland, Implementation of Wood recommendations.
The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning:
- Bòrd na Gàidhlig
- Care Inspectorate
- Children's Hearings Scotland
- Education Scotland
- Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
- Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
- Scottish Qualifications Authority
- Scottish Social Services Council
- Student Awards Agency for Scotland
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
|Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Sam Galbraith||16 May 1999||28 November 2001||Labour Party||Donald Dewar|
|Jack McConnell||28 November 2001||22 November 2002||Labour Party||Henry McLeish|
|Cathy Jamieson||22 November 2002||20 May 2003||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
|Peter Peacock||20 May 2003||14 November 2006||Labour Party|
|Hugh Henry||14 November 2006||16 May 2007||Labour Party|
|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||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
|John Swinney||18 May 2016||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
- "Biographies and responsibilities: Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2015.