Corporate report

The Department for Education review

A review of the Department for Education and how it should prioritise resources.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Department for Education review


The Department for Education (DfE) review was launched in June 2012. The aim of this review was to develop recommendations to ensure that DfE is able to deliver education and children’s services and is an attractive place for employees.

The review sought to answer some fundamental questions about the size, shape and role of central government in the education and children’s sectors. It looked at what the department should and shouldn’t do and how it should prioritise resources. It also investigated how to continuously improve the way it does things, and in particular, ensure that the department can continue to be as efficient and effective as possible when priorities change.

Published 15 November 2012