Department for Education

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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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Documents

News and communications

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Our ministers

Our management

Permanent Secretary
Director General, Higher and Further Education Group
Director General, Early Years and Schools
Director General, Social Care, Mobility and Disadvantage
Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery
Chief Operating Officer, Operations Group
Ex officio Department for Education board member
Lead non-executive board member
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.

Helpline opening hours
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

Fax

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.

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 schools and children's services

Telephone

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

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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