Lord Agnew to leave the DfE

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Agnew is expected to leave the Department for Education according to reports from Schools Week.

Confirmation of his departure is expected today.

A cabinet reshuffle this week saw Education Secretary Gavin Williamson reappointed, alongside Schools Minister Nick Gibb. It is unclear whether Lord Agnew’s departure is part of this reshuffle or whether he has resigned.

Lord Agnew has championed the Academies system and promoted efficiency and cost saving schemes which proved controversial. Lord Agnew is also leading on the Opportunity North East programme.

Whether the move is the result of a change in policy focus, or the intention of reinvigorating the academies programme is uncertain.

In other news Baroness Elizabeth Berridge has been appointed parliamentary under secretary of state in the Department for Education.

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