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Kirsty Williams AM

Kirsty Williams
Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Kirsty was born in Taunton and grew up in the village of Bynea, Carmarthenshire. Graduating from Victoria 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 three 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.

As a result of the 3 November 2017 reshuffle Kirsty was reappointed Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Minister's Responsibilities

  • School governance, organisation, and admissions
  • School standards, improvement and pupil attainment, including National Categorisation
  • Estyn work programme remit
  • Funding of schools
  • Curriculum and assessment up to and including A levels
  • Foundation Phase
  • Additional learning needs, including needs of pupils with severe, complex and/or specific learning difficulties, disabled pupils, able and talented pupils;
  • Support for people with Dyslexia
  • 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 
  • Education workforce training and development, including initial teacher training
  • Higher Education policy, strategy and funding
  • Medical Education (except for post graduate training)