The Education Minister, Huw Lewis AM, will step down from his post in May, after deciding not to seek re-election to the Welsh Assembly.
His decision has been a surprise to many in the education sector.
Mr Lewis told his local Labour Party that whilst his current role was the 'job I always wanted to do' he feels it is time to move on and seek out 'fresh challenges'.
Mr Lewis' announcement to leave comes at a time of great change in the education sector, prompting some concern:
The Welsh Government were keen to emphasise that there will be 'no let up on our drive for better standards', and that they will continue to work 'relentlessly to ensure our young people enjoy the highest quality of teaching and learning'.
So, whilst life in the classroom probably won't be affected too much by the Minister's announcement for policy makers and politicians it has definitely been noted.
The biggest change though, could come in May, when voters decide which party they want picking the priorities for education in Wales.