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Department for Education

Department for Education

We are responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.


We are responsible for:

  • teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools
  • teaching and learning for young people under the age of 19 years in secondary schools and in further education
  • supporting professionals who work with children and young people
  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
  • making sure that local services protect and support children

Our priorities

Safety and wellbeing: all children and young people are protected from harm and vulnerable children are supported to succeed with opportunities as good as those for any other child.

Educational excellence everywhere: every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, attainment and background.

Prepared for adult life: all 19-year-olds complete school or college with the skills and character to contribute to the UK’s society and economy and are able to access high-quality work or study options.

Read our single departmental plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.

Who we are

We are a ministerial department supported by 17 agencies and public bodies.

Our staff are based at our ministerial offices in London and other sites across England in Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Croydon, Daresbury, Darlington, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Watford. We work closely with national and local agencies who look after children, with local authorities, and with the professionals who work in schools, children’s services and health services.

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Diversity & Inclusion

At Department for Education, we are a community that works to achieve a highly-educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

Our New Diversity and Inclusion Strategy launched on Monday 15 January 2018, has set out our aims to help us become one of the most diverse employers to work for in the UK.

We don’t have a set ‘mould’ of what a Civil Servant should look like. We welcome anyone who shares our values and has the skills we need to make the difference that we want to make. 

At Department for Education we aim to set an example as an equal opportunities employer. A diverse and representative workforce enables us to deliver our business objectives.

Working With Us

We recognise that many people have responsibilities outside of work, and so promote and support the use of a range of flexible working patterns to enable staff to balance home and work responsibilities. Whether you want to work part time or need to come into the office a little later on certain days so you can do the school run, we are a very flexible employer, and more importantly, we treat people fairly irrespective of their working arrangements.

As committed to the education of the country’s children and young adults, we are equally committed to the development of our own. Our Department focuses on helping each individual reach their potential, and offers many different opportunities from apprenticeships and talent schemes to mentoring and coaching.

Benefits at Department for Education

List of all the benefits that Department for Education are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Accessible Buildings
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • Cycle2Work
  • Flexible Working
  • Job Share
  • Generous Annual Leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Part-time Working Opportunities
  • Additional Annual Leave for Length of Service
  • Access to a number of diversity networks and groups
  • Career progression leadership schemes through all stages
  • Career progression and opportunities for roles across the civil service
  • Flexible Retirement Age
  • Salary Advances Policy
  • Employer Funded Professional Subscriptions
  • Long Service Award – Lunch with Permanent Secretary
  • Generous Maternity and Adoption Leave
  • 3 Weeks’ Paid Paternity Leave
  • Competitive Pension, with average employer pension contributions of 20.9%e
  • Flexi-Time
  • Payroll Charity Giving Scheme

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