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Kirsty Williams
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Kirsty grew up in the village of Bynea, Carmarthenshire. Graduating from University of Manchester with an honours degree in American studies, Kirsty worked for the learning resources department of Carmarthenshire College in Llanelli before taking up a post as a marketing and public relations executive for a small business in Cardiff.

Kirsty is married to a farmer and the couple has 3 daughters. They live on the family farm outside Brecon.

A member of the Liberal Democrats since the age of 15, Kirsty was elected as an Assembly Member for the constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire in May 1999 and became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on 08 December 2008 until May 2016. In May 2016 Kirsty was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education is responsible for:

  • School governance, organisation, and admissions
  • School standards, improvement and pupil attainment, including National Categorisation
  • Estyn work programme remit
  • Funding of schools
  • Current school curriculum, assessment and qualifications, 3-19 and the Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Development and implementation of future curriculum and assessment
  • Safeguarding and inclusion in schools, including internet safety
  • Complaints against Local Education Authorities and school governing bodies
  • Delivery and management of 21st Century Schools and education programme
  • Sponsorship of Qualifications Wales
  • Higher Education policy, strategy and funding, including sponsorship of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW); tuition fee and student finance policy (including repayments) including sponsorship of the Student Loans Company (SLC) functions as they apply to Wales
  • Education workforce training and development, including initial teacher training
  • Medical education (years 1-5 University training for doctors).

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