Former chief secretary to the treasury David Laws has returned after a two-year spell outside government to take up a dual role as both education minister and minister of state in the cabinet office.
Mr Laws was forced to resign from the coalition after an expenses scandal, but the Yeovil MP is still held in high regard by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
This means the Lib Dem will be working closely with Conservative education secretary Michael Gove on the schools reform programme, which is likely to have a significant impact on those in teaching jobs.
Among Mr Gove's plans is a return to an O-level-type examination structure to ensure that pupils are being "rigorously" tested.
Commenting on his role as schools minister, Mr Laws said: "Education is one of my real passions, and it is an area I know well following my time as Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for schools, between 2007 and 2010."
"I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to serve the coalition government and the country in these two roles."
Posted by Tim Colman