Director General, Schools

Andrew McCully


Andrew McCully is the Director General for Schools in the Department for Education, previously Director General for Early Years and Schools.

In a 35-year career in the civil service, Andrew has held a wide range of senior posts, with responsibilities including:

  • reforming benefits for unemployed people
  • legislation to reform post-16 education and training
  • cross-government measures to improve outcomes for vulnerable children
  • school standards
  • services for young people
  • reforms to the school system

He was made an OBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours and CBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours.

Director General, Schools

The director general is a member of the Department for Education’s leadership team and attends the people committee.

The role is responsible for:

  • academies, free schools and (until summer 2022) regional delivery
  • the teaching workforce
  • the curriculum
  • targeted support including the National Tutoring Programme
  • exams and general qualifications
  • school accountability
  • pupil wellbeing and safety

The director general works with the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Teaching Regulation Agency.

The Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency reports to the Director General, Schools.

Department for Education

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Early Years and Schools
  • Director General, Infrastructure and Funding