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DFE Information

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

Our priorities

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.

Who we are:

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