Kit Malthouse has been appointed secretary of state for education, replacing James Cleverley who moves to The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He was previously chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, minister of state in the Home Office and ministry of justice 14 February 2020 to 7 July 2022. Prior to this Malthouse was minister of state (minister of state for crime, policing and the fire service) for the Home Office from 25 July 2019 to 14 February 2020.
Malthouse is a chartered accountant and was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015. He was educated at Sudley County Primary school and Liverpool College before studying politics and economics at Newcastle University.
Malthouse leads the Department for Education at a tumultuous time with the cost-of-living crisis challenging schools, parents’, and students. The issue of grammar schools has been raised by the new Prime Minister, longer school days and a possible change in university admission charges. Added to that there is the likelihood of a rash of teacher strikes.