New Education Secretary – Friday 17 September 2021

This week I report on the new Education Secretary as part of the Cabinet reshuffle and confirmation of the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.

New Education Secretary
Not unsurprisingly the Prime Minister’s first Minister to be sacked during this week’s Cabinet reshuffle was Gavin Williamson. The new Education Secretary is Nadhim Zahawi moving from leading the vaccine rollout.

Minister of State for School Standards is Robin Walker MP replacing Nick Gibb and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families) is Will Quince MP. Baroness Berridge remains as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System).

Covid vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
On Wednesday the Government published guidance on how the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in schools for 12 to 15 year olds will work. As with normal school vaccinations, the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) will plan the roll-out, administer the jabs and be legally responsible for the delivery.

Schools will have no role or responsibility for obtaining consent from parents or mediating between parents and their children over the vaccination.