Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

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The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families was a Cabinet minister post in the United Kingdom. The post was created on 28 June 2007 after the disbanding of the Department for Education and Skills by Gordon Brown.[1] The only Secretary of State with this title was Ed Balls, a former treasury aide to Brown.[2] He was head of the Department for Children, Schools and Families responsible for coordinating work across Government relevant to youth justice, the respect agenda and family policy, while also taking over responsibility for education policy up to the age of 19 in England from the Department for Education and Skills, with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills being responsible for education after that age.[3] Other responsibilities included inputs into the Government's strategy for ending child poverty, with the Department for Work and Pensions and into promoting the health of all children by working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

On May 12, 2010, the Department was again renamed and Michael Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour   Labour Co-op

Name Portrait Term of Office Political party Prime Minister
Ed Balls Ed Balls 2.jpg 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Co-op Gordon Brown