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Department for Education – Media enquiries

DfE media team

Journalists should call our central newsdesk on 020 7783 8300. This media-only line operates from Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm. Outside of these hours the number will divert to the duty media officer.

Members of the public should call our general enquiries line on 0370 000 2288.

Read our Education in the media blog.

Andrew Darby

Jayne Roberts

Press Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education

Steven Bourner

The Rebuttals Team

Chief Media Officer

Mike Murphy-Pyle

Senior Media Officer

Aaron Shardey

Media officer

Sophie Hood

Schools desk

Government policy on:

schools (including free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools, academies and multi-academy trusts, faith and independent schools)
education recovery, including tutoring and summer schools
recruitment and retention of teachers and school leaders
Teaching Regulation Agency
school funding
period products
curriculum and qualifications (including links with Ofqual)

Standards and Testing Agency and primary assessment
school accountability and inspection (including links with Ofsted)
careers education, information and guidance including the Careers and Enterprise Company

home education and supplementary schools
counter extremism and integration in schools

Chief Media Officer

Sam Glanz

Senior Media Officers

Josh Kaye

Florence Williamson

Alice Parker

Media Officers

Rachael Langley

Justina Crabtree

Emine Tarim

Safety and wellbeing (early years, special educational needs and disability (SEND), vulnerable and disadvantaged children)

Government policy on:

free school meals, Holiday Activities and Food programme and breakfast clubs
Pupil Premium
children’s social services
social care, child protection and social work policy
early years education and childcare policy
SEND policy
exclusions and alternative provision
school sport
mental health, wellbeing, bullying
Opportunity Areas programme
relationships, sex and health education
personal, social, health and economic education

Chief Media Officer

Amy Taylor

Senior Media Officer

Monica Wilson


Sarrah Qureshi

Further education, skills and apprenticeships desk

Government policy on:

technical education and skills including T Levels and qualifications review
apprenticeships including traineeships
further education workforce
strategy for post-16 education (jointly with Minister of State for Universities)
further education provider market including quality and improvement and further education efficiency
adult education, including the National Retraining Scheme and basic skills
Institutes of Technology and National Colleges
reducing the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training

Chief Media Officer

Eva Perkins

Senior Media Officer

Lewis Evans

Media Officer

Connor Dorrell-Shepherd

Universities and higher education desk

Government policy on universities and higher education including:

higher education student finance
widening participation in higher education
quality of higher education
international education

Chief Media Officer

Rebecca Tyers

Senior Media Officer

Stephen Donnelly

Media Officer

Andrew Bottone

Strategy and planning desk

Strategy and Planning Lead

Russell Neilson

Strategic Communications Planning Manager

Sima Parmar

Strategic Communications Planning Officers

Sophie Burke

Amy Doyle

Executive agencies

DfE’s media team handles media enquiries on behalf of our executive agencies:

Non-departmental public bodies

If you have a specific enquiry about a policy that is managed by a non-departmental public body, you should contact the relevant body’s press office.

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