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Gavin Williamson ‘tipped for Knighthood’ after being sacked as education secretary

Nick Ferrari grills Gavin Williamson over his A-level results

The former education secretary could potentially feature in the Prime Minister’s next honours list, soruces told The Telegraph. Boris Johnson reportedly owes gratitude to Mr Williamson for helping him become leader of the Conservative Party in 2019.

However, Gavin Williamson oversaw the running of the Education Department throughout the entire pandemic.

He was criticised for his handling of children’s education by sending kids back to school in January 2021 for one day, only to then send them back home again.

He also received criticism for the government’s U-turn over A-level results in 2020 which saw grades go through the roof after A-level results were issued through an algorithm.

Another defining moment for Mr Williamson was his handling of universities.


Gavin Williamson (Image: PA)


Gavin Williamson speaking to Thérèse Coffey (Image: PA)

University students received no financial compensation for missed teaching during the pandemic and continued to pay the high amounts of tuition fees of £9,250, despite most of their teaching remaining online.

The Daily Express has highlighted the plight of those at university during the pandemic through the Fair Deal For Students crusade.

At least 85 percent of students believe they are entitled to fee reimbursements because of the pandemic, research for website VoucherCodes said.

Despite earlier calls for Mr Williamson to resign, Boris kept him in his post as education secretary.

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The former education secretary (Image: PA)

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Gavin Williamson appearing virtually at the Universities UK annual conference (Image: PA)

The former education secretary also hit the headlines last week by mixing up England footballer Marcus Rashford with rugby player Maro Itoje.

After being sacked as education secretary, he tweeted: “It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019.

“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I’m particularly proud of the transformational reforms I’ve led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.”

Nadim Zahawi has now replaced Gavin Williamson as education secretary. 

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Gavin Williamson (Image: PA)

Nadim Zahawai was praised for his handling of the UK’s vaccine rollout as Vaccines minister.

He oversaw the UK’s largest ever vaccine rollout which has fully vaccinated over 44 million people in the UK.

The Daily Express has contacted Gavin Williamson for comment. 

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