Gavin Williamson removed as education secretary

Gavin Williamson has been removed as education secretary in the prime minister Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle.

Number 10 has yet to confirm any moves officially, but a Twitter post by Gavin Williamson said: "It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019.

"Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I’m particularly proud of the transformational reforms I’ve led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more."

Williamson was only in the position of education secretary for a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and then had the task of seeing the sector through the situation. He was criticised heavily for his handling of the pandemic, including the lack of clear guidance on how to navigate online teaching, rules that were changed at moment's notice, as well as the handling of cancelled exams.

Aside from the pandemic, Williamson's agenda was to get more state schools to become academies and to drive forward T Levels and reforms to technical education.

A new education secretary is yet to be appointed.