We welcome the appointment of Huw Lewis as the new Minister for Education and very much look forward to working closely with him in the future. There are a number of challenges facing the education sector over the coming weeks, months and years and it is important that they are tackled with consensus and conviction.
"There will no doubt be areas where we agree with the Minister and those where we disagree. What is important is that there is a relationship where that debate can take place in a healthy environment. We are sure that the Minister will seek to ensure that the expertise of teaching unions, and other important voices, are all part of his thinking.
"We very much look forward to meeting the Minister at the earliest opportunity to discuss the current state of play in education, to hear his thinking about what direction of travel he wishes to see education develop and how we can work together with the Welsh Government in partnership in future."
The former Education Minister, Leighton Andrews AM, has congratulated Huw Lewis AM on his appointment as the new Education Minister.
Leighton Andrews resigned from the role yesterday.
BREAKING NEWS - Huw Lewis appointed new Minister for Education and Skills
Anna Brychan is from the National Association of Headteachers Cymru. She says she hopes the Education Minister's resignation won't cause progress on his policies to be lost.
Leighton Andrews, who last night quit his post as Education Minister has this morning commented on the experience of seeing and hearing media coverage of his resignation.
I have always wanted to live long enough to read and hear my obituaries.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has claimed that Leighton Andrews had to resign after first campaigning against a reduction in services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and then urging Rhondda Cynon Taff Council to look again at plans to close a school in his constituency.
After the failure of Carwyn Jones to endorse his Education Minister’s position during my questions to him today, it was inevitable that he had to go. The actions of the Education Minister - both over the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and now school closures - called into question not only the Education Minister’s judgement, but that of the First Minister himself.
Plaid Cymru's education spokesperson Simon Thomas had already called for the Education Minister to lose his role in deciding appeals against school closures on the grounds he had damaged his impartiality.
The Education Minister’s long-held position on school surplus places has been undermined by his actions and this undermines the Welsh Government as a whole. [His resignation] is the correct decision to take when collective cabinet responsibility has been abdicated and you find yourself arguing against your own policies.
A Welsh teaching union leader has expressed shock at Leighton Andrews' resignation and concern at the need to find an able successor at a time when Welsh education's performance is about to be tested both by pupils' exam results and by the international PISA comparisons of schools' achievements.
We are shocked by the sudden resignation of Leighton Andrews as Education Minister. Although we have not always seen eye to eye with him over education issues no one could doubt his commitment to improve the performance of the Welsh education system. Wales is now at a critical point on the path of reform and renewal. It is vital that Mr Andrews' successor is both credible, and more importantly, competent. With PISA looming, and GCSES and A level results pending, we need someone who commands the confidence of the profession and parents.
The Conservative Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb has posted on twitter his reaction to Leighton Andrews' resignation.
Leighton Andrews has been one of the most effective and committed Ministers in the Welsh Labour Government and it’s a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to resign due to a conflict between his role as Education Minister in the Assembly Government and as a constituency AM. However, I know Leighton will continue to represent his Rhondda constituents robustly and passionately and will remain an excellent advocate for Welsh Labour values in the National Assembly.**
Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain describes the resignation of Leighton Andrews as 'catastrophic for Welsh Labour.' Fellow Welsh Labour MP Wayne David also tweeted that he was 'flabbergasted.' Even Conservative MP Alun Cairns paid tribute to Mr Andrews.
Leighton Andrews resigning is catastrophic for Welsh Labour incredibly able and dynamic Education Minister refused to accept low standards
Am flabbergasted! @leightonandrews has resigned as Welsh Education Minister. "Apparent conflict" re his educ policy and ints of local school