The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The department is also home to the Government Equalities Office. It works to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.
It is a ministerial department supported by 18 agencies and public bodies. Its staff is based at the ministerial offices in London and in a number of other locations around England. It works 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.
We are responsible for:
- 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 childre