Department for Education

Latest from the Department for Education

  1. Childcare and early years survey of parents 2018: follow-up survey report
  2. Early years apps approved to help families kick start learning at home
  3. Financial returns to early education spending

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What the Department for Education does

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 18 agencies and public bodies.

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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Regulating independent educational institutions
  2. Unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Common basic data set (CBDS): requests for change (RFC) 2020
  2. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
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Our ministers

Our management

Jonathan Slater
Jonathan Slater
Permanent Secretary
Indra Morris
Director General, Social Care, Mobility and Disadvantage
Andrew McCully
Director General, Early Years and Schools
Mike Green
Chief Operating Officer, Operations Group
Eileen Milner
Ex officio Department for Education board member
Richard Pennycook
Lead non-executive board member
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE
Non-executive board member
Ian Ferguson CBE
Non-executive board member
Paul Kett
Director General, Higher and Further Education Group
Toby Peyton-Jones
Non-executive board member
Irene Lucas
Non-executive board member

Contact DfE

General enquiries

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom


0370 000 2288


0161 600 1332

The national helpline is open between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm, although you may get a quicker answer by calling between 9am and 10am, or between 4pm and 5pm.

Preventing extremism in schools and children's services


020 7340 7264

If you are concerned about extremism in a school or organisation that works with children, or if you think a child might be at risk of extremism, contact our helpline.

Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (excluding bank holidays).

Media enquiries

Central newsdesk

020 7783 8300

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Freedom of information (FOI) requests

Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom


0370 000 2288

Please note, we receive a large volume of requests asking for lists of contact details for schools, which are available from our 'Get information about schools' service.

High profile groups within DfE

  1. Schools Commissioners Group
  2. UK Council for Internet Safety
  3. Further Education Commissioner
  4. Regional Schools Commissioners

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

  1. Working for DfE
  2. Procurement at DfE
  3. Jobs

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information. Read our policy on Social media use.