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The 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.

Department for Education
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Department overview
Formed 2010
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction England
Headquarters Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, England, UK
Annual budget £58.2 billion (2015-16)[citation needed]
Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary
Child agencies
Website www.education.gov.uk

A 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

HistoryEdit

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 and Families (DCSF).

In June 2012 the 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 bodiesEdit

ResponsibilitiesEdit

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.

MinistersEdit

The Department for Education's ministers are as follows:[4]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt. Hon Justine Greening MP Secretary of State
Minister for Women and Equalities
Overall responsibility for the department, Government Equalities Office
The Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
Minister for Women
Apprenticeships, Skills, Minister For Women
Jo Johnson MP Minister of State Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (joint minister with Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Robert Goodwill MP Minister of State for Children and Families Childcare, early learning and development, families, health issues, child poverty, school food and healthy schools, special educational needs and disabled children, young carers
The Rt. Hon Nick Gibb MP Minister of State for Schools Schools
Lord Agnew of Oulton[5] Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (unpaid, Life peer)

BoardEdit

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 - Peter Lauener

Non-executive board members:[6]

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

LocationsEdit

As of 2 August 2016, the DfE has five main sites:[7]

  • 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[8]

Agencies and public bodiesEdit

AgenciesEdit

Education and Skills Funding AgencyEdit

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)[9] was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of the Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency.[10] Previously the Education Funding Agency (EFA) was responsible for distributing funding for state education in England for 3-19 year olds, as well as managing the estates of schools, and colleges and the Skills Funding Agency was responsible for funding skills training for further education in 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.[11] The SFA was formed on 1 April 2010, following the closure of the Learning and Skills Council.[12] Peter Lauener is the agency's Chief Executive.[13]

National College for Teaching and LeadershipEdit

The 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 (which replaced the Training and Development Agency for Schools and parts of the General Teaching Council for England) merged with the National College for School Leadership.

Standards and Testing AgencyEdit

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is responsible for developing and delivering all statutory assessments for school pupils in England.[14] 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.[15]

Public bodiesEdit

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 Adjudicator

DevolutionEdit

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

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Wales

National Curriculum 2014Edit

The Department for Education released a new National Curriculum for schools in England for September 2014, which included 'Computing'.[18] Following Michael Gove's speech in 2012,[19] 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 organisation[20] has created a 'Network of Teaching Excellence'[21] to support schools with the new curriculum.

Post-16 area reviewsEdit

In 2015, the Department announced a major restructuring of the further education sector, through 37 area reviews of post-16 provision.[22] The proposals were criticised by NUS Vice President for Further Education Shakira Martin for not sufficiently taking into account the impact on learners;[23][24] 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.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fiveash, Kelly (19 October 2012), ICO: Education ministry BROKE the Data Protection Act, The Register, retrieved 7 December 2012 
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Department for Education. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "New ministerial appointments September 2017: DfE and DIT". Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Non-Executive Members, DfE Board
  7. ^ https://data.gov.uk/dataset/epimstransparency/resource/da62b17c-e933-4b27-bd68-249d1aca5aa9 accessed 02/08/2016
  8. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/historic-government-building-gets-new-future
  9. ^ Education and Skills Funding Agency
  10. ^ SFA and EFA merge to become the Education and Skills Funding Agency, accessed 15 April 2017
  11. ^ "The creation of the Education Funding Agency". Department for Education. 
  12. ^ Skills Funding Agency, Annual Report and Accounts 2010-11, accessed 15 April 2017
  13. ^ Education and Skills Funding Agency, accessed 15 April 2017
  14. ^ "Standards and Testing Agency". Department for Education. 
  15. ^ "STA Feedback and complaints". Department for Education. 
  16. ^ OFMDFM Children and young people
  17. ^ Welsh Government | Education and skills. Wales.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
  18. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study
  19. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/michael-gove-speech-at-the-bett-show-2012
  20. ^ http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/
  21. ^ http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=noe
  22. ^ [2] Department for Education. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  23. ^ Robertson, Alix (20 April 2016). "Shakira Martin re-elected as NUS vice president for FE". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  24. ^ Offord, Paul (2 November 2016). "Student focus for Sir Vince Cable's FE comeback". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  25. ^ Burke, Jude (8 July 2016). "MPs launch inquiry into post-16 area reviews". FE Week. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 

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