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The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. They work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies



teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools

teaching and learning for young people under the age of 19 years in secondary schools and in further education

supporting professionals who work with children and young people

helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more

making sure that local services protect and support children


In 2014 to 2015, our priorities are to:

create a self-improving school-led system

develop a great workforce - with strong leadership

increase rigour and expectations of curriculums, assessment and behaviour

protect and increase opportunity for vulnerable children

support schools to prepare well-rounded young people for success in adult life

remove unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy

improve accountability

allocate funding more fairly and effectively


A ministerial department with 3 executive agencies:

Education Funding Agency (EFA)

Standards and Testing Agency (STA)

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

The staff are based at their ministerial offices in London and in a number of other locations around England. They work closely with national and local agencies who look after children, with local authorities, and with the professionals who work in schools, children’s services and health services.

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