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Lynne Neagle MS

Responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Education.


  • 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
  • Welsh medium and bilingual education
  • Early childhood education and care
  • 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
  • Qualifications Wales
  • Education workforce training and development, including initial teacher training
  • Teachers’ Pay and Conditions
  • Further Education
  • FE student support: Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG FE)
  • Youth work policy
  • Adult community learning
  • Credit and Qualifications Framework including vocation, key and essential skills qualifications
  • Prisoner Learning
  • Higher Education policy, strategy and funding
  • Tertiary Education, including post-16 curriculum reform and Commission for Tertiary Education and Research
  • International learning and strategy, including the International Learning Exchange Programme and Global Wales
  • Medical Education (except for post graduate training)


Lynne Neagle was born in Merthyr Tydfil and was educated at Cyfarthfa High School and Reading University.

Prior to her election to the Senedd in 1999, Lynne held a number of posts within the voluntary sector in Wales, working for organisations such as Shelter Cymru, Mind and the CAB. She was Carers Development Officer with Voluntary Action Cardiff and also worked as a researcher for Glenys Kinnock MEP.

Lynne was Chair of the Senedd’s Children, Young People and Education Committee in the Fifth Senedd.

She was appointed Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing on 13 May 2021. On 21 March 2024, Lynne was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education.

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