Department for Education


Care leavers and disadvantaged pupils to benefit from £126 million investment in new laptops and tablets

Press release

Care leavers, children with a social worker and children arriving from Afghanistan will receive devices to enable them to access education and support.

Thousands more adults set to benefit from new technical skills

Press release

Thousands of working adults will be offered free courses to rapidly upskill in STEM sectors including engineering, digital and construction

Adult Skills

Adaptations in 2022 summer exams to ensure fairness for students

Press release

Students will sit GCSE, A and AS level exams next year with adaptations to recognise the disruption to their education.


Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)


What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Free courses for jobs


Details of the free courses and qualifications for adults (19+) available through the government’s Plan for Jobs including eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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Access childcare support through the childcare service


Apply for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare.

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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.

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Paul Kett Director General, Higher and Further Education Group Julia Kinniburgh Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery Andrew McCully Director General, Early Years and Schools Indra Morris Director General, Children’s Services, Communications & Strategy Group Mike Green Chief Operating Officer, Operations Group Richard Pennycook Lead non-executive board member and non-executive board member with responsibility for the Union Ian Ferguson CBE Non-executive board member Irene Lucas Non-executive board member Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE Non-executive board member Toby Peyton-Jones Non-executive board member Nick Timothy CBE Non-Executive Director John Edwards Interim Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency

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