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REVISED EDUCATION MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES ANNOUNCED

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Education and skills secretary Charles Clarke today set out the...
Education and skills secretary Charles Clarke today set out the

revised responsibilities of the ministerial team at the Department

for Education and Skills.

CHARLES CLARKE

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Has overall responsibility for:

- The department, its policies and strategy

- Finance and public expenditure, including local authority finance

- Economic issues

- Major appointments

He also has responsibility for the following specific areas:

- Green and environmental issues in all education and skills,

including school transport

- Reducing bureaucracy

- ICT, RE and maths throughout the education and skills sectors.

DAVID MILIBAND

MINISTER OF STATE FOR SCHOOL STANDARDS

David Miliband takes a strategic overview of issues affecting 0-19

year olds. Within that he takes specific responsibility for:

Transforming secondary education

Key Stage 3 strategy

OFSTED

Excellence in Cities

Education Action Zones and Excellence Clusters

Diversity in schools

Specialist schools

Beacon schools

Academies

Independent schools

Transforming the school workforce

Support staff in schools

Teacher workload

Teachers' pay, performance management and conditions

Teacher recruitment and retention

Teacher training

National College for School Leadership

Teacher Training Agency

General Teaching Council

Teachers' pensions

Teacher misconduct

Raising attainment at 14-19

14-19 organisation and curriculum

Qualifications for 14-19 year olds

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Organisation and funding of sixth form study

Curriculum and testing

Overall policy on National Curriculum testing and assessment

Performance tables

School organisation and funding

Strategy on the role of governors in supporting school improvement

and reform of governance

Overview of 5-16 admissions

School organisation policy

Admissions and school organisation casework in primary and secondary

schools outside London

School forums

LEA intervention

School recurrent funding

Capital and PPP/PFI

He is also responsible for music and art across all the education and

skills sectors and deputises for Charles Clarke on reducing

bureaucracy.

MARGARET HODGE

MINISTER OF STATE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING, FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Margaret Hodge takes a strategic overview of issues affecting the

over 19s. She takes specific responsibility for:

Higher Education

Standards in post-19 learning

Widening participation in HE

Review of student support

Quality assurance in HE

Research and innovation in HE

Relations with DTI

HEFCE

Raising standards in Further Education

Further Education and training for adults

FE corporations and governance

Area reviews of 16-19 provision

Lifelong learning

Overview of Lifelong Learning

Learning and Skills Council

Pay in the HE and FE sectors

Student support post-16 including the Student Loans Company

Education Maintenance Allowances

Inspection post -16

European Union and overview of International relations

Regional and Regeneration Policy

Regional andUrban Policy

Regeneration

Social inclusion

She is also responsible for Science and technology across all the

education and skills sectors and deputises for Charles Clarke on

Mathematics.

STEPHEN TWIGG

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCHOOLS

Stephen Twigg is responsible for pupil well being (school meals, milk

and uniform) and works with David Miliband on raising standards in

schools, focussing particularly on primary schools and the strategy

for London. His specific responsibilities are:

Raising standards in London schools

Area reviews of 16-19 provision in London (working with Margaret

Hodge)

School admissions and organisation casework for primary and secondary

schools in London (working with David Miliband)

Raising standards in Primary schools

Literacy and Numeracy strategies

Class sizes

He is also responsible for the following specific areas:

- An overview of industrial relations across the education and skills

sectors

- History, Geography, Citizenship and PSHE across the education and

skills sectors

- Equality issues including race and ethnic minorities in education

- Rural schools

- Regulatory reform, raising standards of customer service,

Departmental efficiency and effectiveness and public service reform

and will deputise for Charles Clarke on green issues

IVAN LEWIS

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULT

SKILLS

Ivan Lewis works with Margaret Hodge on raising participation and

standards in Lifelong Learning. He focuses particularly on youth and

adult skills. His specific areas of responsibility are:

Education and Engagement of young people

Chair of 14-19 Steering Group in support of David Miliband

Connexions Service

Careers Service and Youth Service

Neighbourhood Support Fund

Volunteering

Children and Young People's Unit and Children's Fund

Summer activities for 16 yr olds and study support post 14 (working

with Baroness Ashton)

Gap Years

Strategy Unit report on Soft Skills

Young People at Risk

Drugs and alcohol education

Homelessness policy

Looked after children and schools plus (working with Cathy Ashton on

0-6 yr olds)

Parental responsibility and the role of parents in supporting schools

and family learning (working with Cathy Ashton on 0-6 yr olds)

Truancy and discipline

Youth Services

Support for young people in school education

Pupil welfare and school security

School inclusion and street crime initiatives

Adult Skills and Lifelong Learning

Leads on the development of an Adult Skills Strategy to be published

in June 2003

Adult Basic Skills

Adult Community Education

Employability and competitiveness

Skills agenda

Adult information, advice and guidance

Sector Skills Councils and National Training Organisations

Foundation Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeships

Workforce Development

Relationships with employers

Union Learning Fund

Union Learning Representatives

Regional Development Agencies

Individual Learning Accounts

Funding of adult learning

Prison education

Investors in people

Universities For Industry

Learn Direct and links with the Department for Work and Pensions

UK Online Centres

International Relations other than European Union business,

analytical services and research

He also takes responsibility for work related learning, enterprise

and education business links across the education and skills sectors.

CATHERINE ASHTON

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SURE START, EARLY YEARS

AND CHILDCARE

Cathy Ashton is a joint DfES/DWP minister. She is responsible for

developing and implementing policy on Sure Start, Early Years and

Childcare. Her specific areas of responsibility are:

Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare

Early Years Education

Childcare

Daycare services

Sure Start

Schools Plus

Extended schools and study support pre-14 (working with Ivan Lewis)

Sport

Sport and PE in the Curriculum

Sports co-ordinators

School playing fields

Special educational needs across the education and skills sectors.

She is also responsible for English and modern foreign languages

across the education and skills sectors and will deputise for Charles

Clarke on RE.

The ministers handling Baroness Ashton's responsibilities in the

House of Commons are as follows:

Schools plus - extended schools and study support pre-14 -

Margaret Hodge MP

Sport - Stephen Twigg MP

Special Educational Needs - Ivan Lewis MP

English and modern foreign languages - David Miliband MP

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