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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 17 agencies and public bodies.

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Documents

Our ministers

Our management

Permanent Secretary
Interim Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency
Chief Operating Officer, Operations Group
Director General, Higher and Further Education Group
Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery
Director General, Early Years and Schools
Director General, Children’s Services, Communications & Strategy Group
Lead non-executive board member and non-executive board member with responsibility for the Union
Non-executive board member
Non-executive board member
Non-executive board member
Non-executive board member
Non-Executive Director

Contact DfE

DfE coronavirus helpline

Telephone

0800 046 8687

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children's social care, in England contact our helpline.

Opening times
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

General enquiries

Telephone

0370 000 2288

Opening times
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays)
You may get a quicker answer by calling between 9.30am and 10am, or between 4pm and 5pm.

We are unable to respond promptly to letters sent in the post at the moment. Please use one of our other contact routes.

Preventing extremism in education settings

Opening times
Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm (excluding bank holidays)

You can report concerns about extremism related to education settings in England, including allegations about institutions, staff and external people or organisations trying to influence settings.

Report abuse in education

Telephone

0800 136 663

Dedicated helpline run by NSPCC for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

Opening times
Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm

Media enquiries

Central newsdesk

020 7783 8300

Enquiry line for journalists only.

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
Manchester
M1 2WD
United Kingdom

Telephone

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

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

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