Paul Kett has been Director General for Education Standards at the Department for Education (DfE) since February 2017. He joined DfE as Director for Teachers and Teaching in June 2016.
Immediately before his appointment at DfE he worked for the British Army, as a member of the Army Board in the role of Director Army Reform.
Paul has spent much of his civil service career with the Ministry of Justice in roles spanning strategy, policy and project delivery, including Director Justice Reform and Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Paul is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge University Centre for Science and Policy.
Director General, Education Standards
The director general is a member of the Department for Education Board and attends both the Performance and Management Committees. They are the principal adviser on issues relating to:
- teaching and the teaching workforce
- the curriculum, assessment and qualifications
- school accountability
- early years
- disadvantage, special education needs (SEN) and character
The Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency and Director of the National College for Teaching and Leadership both report to the Director General, Education Standards.