What we do

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies.

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Our policies

  1. Increasing opportunities for young people and helping them to achieve their potential

    What the government is doing to improve the quality of education and opportunities for young people.

  2. Making the construction and maintenance of school buildings more cost-effective

    How the government is meeting the increased demand for school places and making sure that school buildings are well maintained.

  3. Reforming qualifications and the curriculum to better prepare pupils for life after school

    What we’re doing to make education more relevant to life after school.

See all our policies

Documents

Our announcements

Our consultations

Our publications

Our statistics

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics

See all our statistics

Our ministers

Our management

Contact DfE

General enquiries

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street

Manchester
M1 2WD

The national helpline is open between Monday and Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Media enquiries

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 at:

Freedom of information (FOI) requests

Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street

Manchester
M1 2WD

High profile groups within DfE

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

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