Department for Education and Skills (Wales)

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (Welsh: Yr Adran Addysg a Sgiliau) is a department of the Welsh Government.

It is responsible for education, training and children's services in Wales under powers devolved from the Department for Children, Schools and Families of the UK government under Schedule 5 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.[1]

It is headed by the Minister for Education, currently Kirsty Williams.


Name & Party Picture Entered office Left office Government Notes
Rosemary Butler AM


  12 May 1999 2000 Michael Secretary for Education

Tom Middlehurst served as Secretary for Education and Training (Post-16) for the same period.

Jane Davidson AM


  16 October 2000 [2] 6 June 2007 1st Morgan

2nd Morgan

Minister for education and lifelong learning.
Carwyn Jones AM


  6 June 2007 [3] 19 July 2007 3rd Morgan Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language.
Jane Hutt AM


  19 July 2007 [4] 9 December 2009 4th Morgan Minister for Education, Children, Lifelong Learning & Skills
Leighton Andrews AM


  10 December 2009 25 June 2013 1st Jones

2nd Jones

Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning (2009-2011)

Minister for Education and Skills (2011-2013) (including Welsh Language)

Huw Lewis AM


  26 June 2013 19 May 2016 2nd Jones Minister for Education and Skills
Kirsty Williams MS

Liberal Democrats

  19 May 2016 Incumbent 3rd Jones


Cabinet Secretary for Education.

Titled changed to Minister for Education in December 2018[5]

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