Nick Gibb to continue as schools minister

Nick Gibb, the long-serving schools minister who has been at the heart of education policy for the best part of a decade, will continue his tenure at the Department for Education.

Gibb has already served a combined six years and five months in the role of minister of state for schools, and seven years and two months’ service at the department.

A sometimes divisive figure in the schools community, the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton has been the driving force behind the government’s obsession with a knowledge-rich curriculum and strict behaviour policies, and is widely seen as the standard-bearer for the reforms of Michael Gove, an education secretary he served for the first two years of his ministerial career.

Appointed as schools minister by David Cameron in May 2010, Gibb served in the role until September 2012, when he was replaced by Liberal Democrat David Laws and returned to the backbenches.

But he didn’t stay away from the department long. He became a junior minister for school reform in July 2014, and returned to the minister of state role the following May after the Liberal Democrats left government following their heavy general election defeat.

He has since survived several reshuffles, and was branded “the immovable Nick Gibb” by this newspaper in 2017 when he stayed on against the odds.

He has served under three further education secretaries since Gove: Nicky Morgan, Justine Greening and Damian Hinds. Gavin Williamson, appointed last night, is his fifth.