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 10 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Schools

    By giving parents more choice and schools greater freedoms, the government will create a better and more diverse school system that will give every pupil the necessary skills to lead a productive, fulfilled life. Read more

  2. Children and young people

    All children should grow up in a supportive and stable environment. The government works to protect children and support the professionals who care for them and their families. Read more

Our policies

  1. Making schools and colleges more accountable and giving them more control over their budget

    What the government is doing to hold schools and colleges to account for their pupils’ education and to give them more control over spending.

  2. Creating a fairer and more equal society

    Improving equality and reducing discrimination and disadvantage for all at work, in public and political life, and in people’s life chances.

  3. Helping to reduce poverty and improve social justice

    How the government is working to help people overcome complex problems that lead to poverty, to help them change the course of their lives

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Our announcements

Our consultations

  1. Court orders relating to family law

    • 17 April 2014
    • Consultation outcome
  2. Delegating children's social care functions

    • 17 April 2014
    • Open consultation

See all our consultations

Our publications

Our statistics

Our ministers

Our management

Contact DfE

General enquiries

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

M1 2WD

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Store Street

M1 2WD

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