The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
Our vision is to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background. It will make sure that everyone has the chance to reach their potential, and live a more fulfilled life. It will also create a more productive economy, so that our country is fit for the future.
We are responsible for:
- teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools
- teaching and learning for young people in secondary schools
- teaching, learning and training for young people and adults in apprenticeships, traineeships and further education
- teaching and learning for young people and adults in higher education
- supporting professionals who work with children, young people and adult learners
- helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
- making sure that local services protect and support children
We’ll develop world-class education with the following principles:
- ensure our academic standards match and keep pace with key comparator nations
- strive to bring our technical education standards in line with leading international systems
- ensure that education builds character, resilience and well-being
To be achieved through:
- always remembering that in education and care, by far the most important factor is the people delivering it – so we will strive to recruit, develop and retain the best
- prioritising in all that we do the people and places left behind and the most disadvantaged
- protecting the autonomy of institutions by intervening only where clear boundaries are crossed
- making every pound of our funding count
- Read our single departmental plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.
We are a ministerial department supported by 19 agencies and public bodies and non-ministerial departments.
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
- local authorities professionals who work in schools and further and higher education institutions, children’s services and health services
#FEreform - @GavinWilliamson tears up the target to send 50% of people to university, and pledges to build an employer-led, ‘German-style’ further education system – proposals to be set out in the FE White Paper this autumn
Fundamental reform and rebalancing toward further and technical education is vital if our country is to recover after coronavirus and grow economically, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said today (9 July).
@educationgovuk @family_action @magic_breakfast - Children from 1,800 schools that have Breakfast Clubs to be entitled to free breakfast over the holidays
Breakfast Clubs extended to support families over the summer holiday
Builds on significant Government support package for families during the holidays
Children from more than 1,800 schools in England who are currently part of our Breakfast Clubs programme will now be offered healthy breakfasts over the summer.
@gilliankeegan and @educationgovuk launch new package of support for T Level industry placements
Extra support, flexibilities and guidance to help employers and providers deliver high-quality industry placements
A new guide for students to ensure they get the best experience possible and get the skills they need to succeed
High quality industry placements will be at the heart of the government’s pioneering new T Levels which launch this September
A new package of support to help employers and FE providers deliver high-quality industry placements which are at the heart of pioneering new T Level qualifications have been announced today (Friday 3 July) by Gillian Keegan, Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships.
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