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.


We are responsible for:

  • teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools
  • teaching and learning for young people under the age of 19 years in secondary schools and in further education
  • supporting professionals who work with children and young people
  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
  • making sure that local services protect and support children

Our priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • increase the number of high quality schools
  • introduce fair funding
  • reform the school curriculum and qualifications
  • reduce bureaucracy and improve accountability
  • train and develop the professionals who work with children
  • improve services for children in the early years
  • improve support for children, young people and families, focusing on the most disadvantaged

Who we are

We are a ministerial department with 3 executive agencies:

  • Education Funding Agency (EFA)
  • Standards and Testing Agency (STA)
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

Our staff are based at our ministerial offices in London and in a number of other locations around England. We work closely with national and local agencies who look after children, with local authorities, and with the professionals who work in schools, children’s services and health services.

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