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Secretary of State for Education
Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years
  • adoption and child protection
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • the establishment of academies and free schools

Minister of State for Children and Families
Edward Timpson as minister is responsible for children and families at the Department for Education with responsibilities including:

  • early learning and development - curriculum for children aged 0 to 5 years
  • health issues (obesity, drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy)
  • child poverty
  • school food and healthy schools
  • special educational needs and disabled children
  • young carers

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education
Sam Gyimah as minister is responsible for:

  • early years funding and delivery of free entitlements
  • childcare availability and market
  • childcare workforce, quality and regulation
  • wraparound child
  • early years education and the early years foundation stage (EYFS)
  • care provision
  • DfE links to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Can anyone tell me what the difference between the two roles in red actually is???

if the DfE can't see how stupid that is then we're all done for.



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How lovely that so many people are interested! Perhaps they'll be so busy talking to each other that they'll leave us alone to get on with the job? Ever hopeful!

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That's a good question and my only idea is:

The top one seems more family and home life orientated, whereas the bottom one is more focused on the education sector and settings. So maybe the top one is looking at how children learn and develop in society and how the curriculum should be modelled to reflect that, whereas the bottom one looks at the implementation of Early Years Education and the EYFS.

Timpson ensures that the curriculum is appropriate, Gymiah ensures it's implemented correctly. Just a guess though.

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I saw this and looked at it in a very confused manner. Then closed the paper.

I'm very sorry but I do think early years has now properly entered the political arena. I worry that there is a lot going to be asked of us from people who really go not understand child development or who know how to care for children in environments where there are more than 2 children and who share differing backgrounds.

Rob don't disagree with your analysis but think there are three people involved in a job for 1 person. So no decision can be made easily.

On the other hand we have been so good at quoting research to get what we have wanted perhaps the three are aiming to team up to get us to change our minds about how good play is for the developing child.

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