Director General, Early Years and Schools

Andrew McCully


In a 32-year career in the civil service, Andrew McCully 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

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

He was made an OBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours.

Director General, Early Years and 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 regional delivery
  • school funding and school buildings
  • the teaching workforce
  • the curriculum, assessment and qualifications
  • school accountability
  • early years policy
  • school strategy

The director general works with the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency reports to the Director General, Early Years and Schools.

Department for Education

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Infrastructure and Funding