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The Department for Education
Department for Education
(DfE) is a department of Her Majesty's Government responsible for child protection, education (compulsory, further and higher education), apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The DfE is also responsible for women and equalities policy. A Department for Education
Department for Education
previously existed between 1992, when the Department of Education and Science was renamed, and 1995 when it was merged with the Department for Employment to become the Department for Education and Employment.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Predecessor bodies

2 Responsibilities 3 Ministers 4 Board 5 Locations 6 Agencies and public bodies

6.1 Agencies

6.1.1 Education and Skills Funding Agency 6.1.2 National College for Teaching and Leadership 6.1.3 Standards and Testing Agency

6.2 Public bodies

7 Devolution 8 National Curriculum 2014 9 Post-16 area reviews 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

History[edit] The DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 by the incoming Cameron ministry, taking on the responsibilities and resources of the Department for Children, Schools
Schools
and Families (DCSF). In June 2012 the Department for Education
Department for Education
committed a breach of the UK's Data Protection Act due to a security flaw on its website which made email addresses, passwords and comments of people responding to consultation documents available for download.[1] In July 2016, the Department took over responsibilities for higher and further education and for apprenticeship from the dissolved Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.[2] Predecessor bodies[edit] See also: Secretary of State for Education

Committee of the Privy Council on Education, 1839–1899 Education Department, 1856–1899 Board of Education, 1899–1944 Ministry of Education, 1944–1964 Department of Education and Science, 1964–1992 Department for Education, 1992–1995 Department for Education and Employment
Department for Education and Employment
(DfEE), 1995–2001 Department for Education
Department for Education
and Skills (DfES), 2001–2007 Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), 2007–2010

Responsibilities[edit] The department is led by the Secretary of State for Education. The Permanent Secretary is Jonathan Slater. DfE is responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships, and wider skills in England, and equalities. The predecessor department employed the equivalent of 2,695 staff as of April 2008 and as at June 2016, DfE had reduced its workforce to the equivalent of 2,301 staff.[3] In 2015-16, the DfE has a budget of £58.2bn, which includes £53.6bn resource spending and £4.6bn of capital investments. Ministers[edit] The Department for Education's ministers are as follows:

Minister Rank Portfolio

The Rt Hon. Damian Hinds
Damian Hinds
MP Secretary of State[4] Secretary of State for Education[5] (overall responsibility for the work of the department)

The Rt Hon. Nick Gibb
Nick Gibb
MP Minister of State[4] Minister of State for School Standards[6]

The Rt Hon. Anne Milton
Anne Milton
MP Minister of State[4] Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills[7]

Sam Gyimah
Sam Gyimah
MP Minister of State[4] Minister for Higher Education[8] (joint minister with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Lord Agnew of Oulton Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
(unpaid, Life peer)[4] Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System[9]

Nadhim Zahawi
Nadhim Zahawi
MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
(unpaid)[4]

Board[edit] The management board is made up of:

Permanent Secretary - Jonathan Slater Director-General, Social Care, Mobility and Equalities - Indra Morris Director-General, Education Standards - Paul Kett Director-General, Infrastructure and Funding - Andrew McCully Director-General, Higher and Further Education - Philippa Lloyd Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Insight, Resources and Transformation - Howard Orme Chief Executive, Education & Skills Funding Agency
Skills Funding Agency
- Peter Lauener

Non-executive board members:[10]

Marion Plant OBE; CEO of the Midland Academies Trust and Principal Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE; Former Chief Executive of Mitie Group Ian Ferguson CBE; businessman

Locations[edit] As of 2 August 2016[update], the DfE has five main sites:[11]

Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London Piccadilly Gate, Manchester 2 St Paul's Place, Sheffield Bishops Gate House, Darlington Earlsdon Park, Coventry

The DfE is due to vacate Sanctuary Buildings in September 2017, relocating staff to the Old Admiralty Building[12] Agencies and public bodies[edit] Agencies[edit] Education and Skills Funding Agency[edit] The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)[13] was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of the Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency.[14] Previously the Education Funding Agency (EFA) was responsible for distributing funding for state education in England
England
for 3-19 year olds, as well as managing the estates of schools, and colleges and the Skills Funding Agency
Skills Funding Agency
was responsible for funding skills training for further education in England
England
and running the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service. The EFA was formed on 1 April 2012 by bringing together the functions of two non-departmental public bodies, the Young People's Learning Agency and Partnerships for Schools.[15] The SFA was formed on 1 April 2010, following the closure of the Learning and Skills Council.[16] Eileen Milner is the agency's Chief Executive.[17] National College for Teaching and Leadership[edit] The National College for Teaching and Leadership
National College for Teaching and Leadership
(NCTL) is responsible for administering the training of new and existing teachers in England, as well as the regulation of the teaching profession and offers headteachers, school leaders and senior children's services leaders opportunities for professional development. It was established on 1 April 2013, when the Teaching Agency
Teaching Agency
(which replaced the Training and Development Agency for Schools
Schools
and parts of the General Teaching Council for England) merged with the National College for School Leadership. Standards and Testing Agency[edit] The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is responsible for developing and delivering all statutory assessments for school pupils in England.[18] It was formed on 1 October 2011 and took over the functions of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency. The STA is regulated by the examinations regulator, Ofqual.[19] Public bodies[edit] The DfE is also supported by 10 public bodies:

Non-ministerial departments Ofqual; Ofsted

Executive non-departmental public bodies Equality and Human Rights Commission; Higher Education Funding Council for England; Office for Fair Access; Office of the Children's Commissioner; Student Loans Company

Advisory non-departmental public bodies School Teachers' Review Body

Other Government Equalities Office; Office of the Schools
Schools
Adjudicator

Devolution[edit] Education, youth and children's policy is devolved elsewhere in the UK. The department's main devolved counterparts are as follows: Scotland

Scottish Government
Scottish Government
– Learning and Justice Directorates

Northern Ireland

Department of Education Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
(children and young people)[20]

Wales

Welsh Government
Welsh Government
Department for Education
Department for Education
and Skills[21]

National Curriculum 2014[edit] The Department for Education
Department for Education
released a new National Curriculum for schools in England
England
for September 2014, which included 'Computing'.[22] Following Michael Gove's speech in 2012,[23] the subject of Information Communication Technology (ICT) has been disapplied and replaced by Computing. With the new curriculum, materials have been written by commercial companies, to support non-specialist teachers, for example, '100 Computing Lessons' by Scholastic. The Computing at Schools
Schools
organisation[24] has created a 'Network of Teaching Excellence'[25] to support schools with the new curriculum.[dead link] Post-16 area reviews[edit] In 2015, the Department announced a major restructuring of the further education sector, through 37 area reviews of post-16 provision.[26] The proposals were criticised by NUS Vice President for Further Education Shakira Martin for not sufficiently taking into account the impact on learners;[27][28] the Sixth Form Colleges' Association similarly criticised the reviews for not directly including providers of post-16 education other than colleges, such as school and academy sixth forms and independent training providers.[29] References[edit]

^ Fiveash, Kelly (19 October 2012), ICO: Education ministry BROKE the Data Protection Act, The Register, retrieved 7 December 2012  ^ Matt Foster, New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy swallows up DECC and BIS — full details and reaction, Civil Service World (14 July 2016). ^ [1] ^ a b c d e f Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Theresa May
Theresa May
MP (9 Jan 2018). "Ministerial appointments: January 2018". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ "Secretary of State for Education". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ "Minister of State for School Standards". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ "Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ "Minister for Higher Education". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System". GOV.UK. HM Government. Retrieved 11 Jan 2018.  ^ Non-Executive Members, DfE Board ^ https://data.gov.uk/dataset/epimstransparency/resource/da62b17c-e933-4b27-bd68-249d1aca5aa9 accessed 02/08/2016 ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/historic-government-building-gets-new-future ^ Education and Skills Funding Agency ^ SFA and EFA merge to become the Education and Skills Funding Agency, accessed 15 April 2017 ^ "The creation of the Education Funding Agency". Department for Education.  ^ Skills Funding Agency, Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11, accessed 15 April 2017 ^ Education and Skills Funding Agency, accessed 4 January 2018 ^ "Standards and Testing Agency". Department for Education.  ^ "STA Feedback and complaints". Department for Education.  ^ OFMDFM Children and young people ^ Welsh Government
Welsh Government
Education and skills. Wales.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-08-13. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/michael-gove-speech-at-the-bett-show-2012 ^ http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/ ^ http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=noe ^ [2] Department for Education. Retrieved 1 May 2017. ^ Robertson, Alix (20 April 2016). "Shakira Martin re-elected as NUS vice president for FE". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017.  ^ Offord, Paul (2 November 2016). "Student focus for Sir Vince Cable's FE comeback". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017.  ^ Burke, Jude (8 July 2016). "MPs launch inquiry into post-16 area reviews". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Alexiadou, Nafsika; Lange, Bettina (January 2013). "Deflecting European Union influence on national education policy-making: the case of the United Kingdom". Journal of European Integration. Taylor and Francis. 35 (1): 37–52. doi:10.1080/07036337.2012.661423. 

External links[edit]

Official website Official department YouTube channel Official Flickr presence

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