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Leighton Andrews

Ministering to Education

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“Irresponsible and mistaken.”- Michael Gove

“The best Education Minister in the UK.”- Alistair Campell

“important and highly readable....of interest around the world because it enables the reader to see education reform from a minister’s perspective as very few books have done before.”-
Sir Michael Barber

Ministering to Education is the first book by a former Welsh Government Minister since the creation of the National Assembly in 1999. As Education Minister in the Welsh Government from 2009—2013, Leighton Andrews was twice named Welsh Politician of the Year. This is his enlightening, frank and readable account of the education reforms initiated in the early years of Carwyn Jones’s period as First Minister, and the complex challenges that still lie ahead to make the Welsh education system as good as any in the world.

Offering the inside story on the reform journey Wales embarked upon, Andrews controversially reveals how he deliberately brought the media into the debate on school ranking. He debates the decision to regrade exam results when English Language GCSE exams came under fire in 2012, and the effect such decisions have had in setting the education systems of England and Wales on diverging paths. Student tuition fees were another area where Andrews led Wales in a different direction from England. Following Michael Gove’s departure as Westminster Education Secretary, Andrews questions whether Wales or England has fared better and suggests what should happen next.