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Huw Lewis AM
Huw Lewis was first elected to the Assembly in May 1999. Huw was Assistant General Secretary of the Welsh Labour Party prior to his election. Born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1964, he was educated at Edinburgh University. A former chemistry teacher, his interests include literature, classical music and the challenges facing the South Wales valleys.
Huw was appointed Deputy Minister for the Economy and Transport with special responsibility for Regeneration before losing his post in the coalition reshuffle. He has reviewed the Welsh Government’s flagship anti-poverty programme, Communities First and wrote the Welsh Government’s Action Plan to eliminate child poverty. In December 2009 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Children. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Huw Lewis was appointed Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage and in March 2013 was appointed Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. In June 2013 he was appointed Minister for Education and Skills.
The Minister for Education and Skills is responsible for:
- School governance, organisation, and admissions;
- School standards, improvement and pupil attainment;
- Estyn work programme remit;
- Revenue funding of schools;
- School curriculum, assessment and qualifications, including the Foundation Phase, 5-19 and the Welsh Baccalaureate;
- Safeguarding and inclusion in schools;
- Welsh medium and bilingual education;
- Complaints against Local Education Authorities and school governing bodies;
- Additional learning needs, including needs of pupils with severe, complex and/or specific learning difficulties, disabled pupils, able and talented pupils;
- People of all ages with dyslexia;
- Higher Education policy, strategy and funding, including: sponsorship of the Higher Education Funding Council, fees and bursaries and widening participation
- Revenue funding of 6th forms, FE colleges, adult community learning and work based learning providers through the National Planning and Funding System;
- Capital funding for post-16 providers;
- Statutory regulation and approval of all qualifications (outside Higher Education), including the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) on external qualifications;
- The design and implementation of the National Planning and Funding System and the deployment of strategic investment in the post-16 sector;
- Development and implementation of 14–19 Learning Pathways;
- Extending Entitlement for people aged 11-25 years;
- Policy on youth work;
- Education workforce training and development, including initial teacher training;
- Medical Education (except for post graduate training).
Writing to Ministers
Contact Huw Lewis by email at: email@example.com
We aim to provide a response to correspondence to Ministers, including electronic mail within 17 working days. Ministers will respond to matters that fall within their portfolio. Please follow the link ‘Writing to Ministers’ on the left hand side to direct your correspondence to the right Minister.