DAC beachcroft

 
 
Remember me:
Skip Navigation LinksEI article
Laws and Truss in, Teather and Loughton out

Former Liberal Democrat schools spokesman David Laws has been appointed a junior education minister in today's reshuffle.
 
Laws, who in 2010 was briefly chief secretary to the Treasury. He will serve as joint minister of state in both the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office.
 
Also joining the education team is Conservative Liz Truss, former deputy director of the thinktank Reform, who becomes early years minister. 
 
Michael Gove will remain in post as education secretary.
 
Children's minister Sarah Teather, however, is leaving government to concentrate on defending her seat. Tim Loughton is also standing down, tweeting: "Regret 2 report after 7 yrs Shadow Minister and 2 as Minister 4 Children PM asked me 2 stand down-good luck 2 successor in this vital role."
 
Laws, the co-editor of the Liberal Democrats' Orange Book, is seen as on the right of his party, and is likely to support much of Gove's agenda.
 
As the party's schools spokesman, he was the architect of the pupil premium policy of giving extra money to schools that teach poorer children. The party's 2010 manifesto also advocated replacing the National Curriculum with a "minimimum curriculum entitlement", and to incorporate GCSEs, A-levels and vocational qualifications into “general diploma”.
 
Laws served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury for less than three weeks, before being forced after breaking the rules on MPs' expenses.


Posted on: 04/09/2012




Latest news

30/01/2015
Universities minister Greg Clark has announced that the government will only remove student number caps on a select few alternative providers (APs), thwarting growth for the majority of others.
30/01/2015
TES Global’s chief executive, Louise Rogers, is to become chair of the firm at the end of March.
29/01/2015
The chairman of Pearson, Glen Moreno, is likely to step down this year.
28/01/2015
Nesta Impact Investments is to invest £500,000 in online recruitment website GetMyFirstJob.
28/01/2015
A new report from the Education Select Committee has concluded that there is no clear evidence to prove that "academies raise standards overall".
28/01/2015
Training and recruitment firm Staffline has increased its pre tax profit to £10.5 million in 2014, from £8.6 million last year.
28/01/2015
Online learning platform Edmodo and publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP) have announced a partnership to provide online content to British schools.
27/01/2015
Canadian plane and train manufacturer Bombardier has sold its military aviation training activities to aviation training company CAE for $19.8 million (£13.1 million), in what appears to be a scramble to raise cash.
27/01/2015
Sales at Promethean World stood at £118 million in 2014, the educational technology firm has confirmed.
26/01/2015
TAL Education Group (TAL), a K-12 after-school education service provider in China, saw a sharp rise in revenues in the third quarter.


DAC Beachcroft

Features and analysis

2014 was an uncertain year for the education industry, but will 2015 be any better? Here we ask the experts to share their thoughts on the year to come.

In December, the British Council held a summit on education innovation in the Maghreb. Conference director Stephen Haggard reflects on the challenges of deploying learning technologies in the region, and the opportunities

Technology could crack some of the developing world’s most persisting educational problems, say advocates. But how far are we from a ‘Napster moment’, asks Julian Hall

The number of international schools could nearly double in the next 10 years according to data from the International School Consultancy Group. But will the supply of teachers keep pace, asks Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit

Medipathways has found rich pickings in preparing students for medical degrees – and investors are taking note. Daniel Thomas meets the firm’s executive chairman

Contractors are being invited to bid for a new framework that will deliver up to £3 billion of public sector infrastructure projects. Tim Byles of Cornerstone Assets explains the plan

Labour is unlikely to promote for-profit education should it win power next May. But its negative rhetoric is worse than its bite, argues Gerard Kelly

There has been a clutch of deals in the assessment space of late and the market is going from strength to strength. Could the sector be the next hot ticket for investors