Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

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The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning is a position in the Scottish Government cabinet responsible for the Education department. The Cabinet Secretary responsibilities include all levels of education in Scotland from nurseries to higher education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Cabinet Secretary is supported by the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages and the Minister for Children and Young People which are both junior ministerial posts.[1]

History[edit]

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 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[edit]

Minister for Children and education[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Sam Galbraith 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Scottish Labour Party Donald Dewar

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Jack McConnell Jack McConnell.jpg 28 November 2001 22 November 2002 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish

Minister for Education and Young People[edit]

Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson.jpg 22 November 2002 20 May 2003 Scottish Labour Party Jack McConnell
Peter Peacock Peter Peacock.jpg 20 May 2003 14 November 2006 Labour Party
Hugh Henry Hugh Henry.jpg 14 November 2006 16 May 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning[edit]

Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (2).jpg 16 May 2007 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Michael Russell Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning (2).jpg 1 December 2009 Incumbent Scottish National Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographies and responsibilities: Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2014.