Department for Education


Department for Education
Department for Education
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Department overview
Formed 2010
Preceding Department Department for Children, Schools and Families
Jurisdiction England
Headquarters London, England
Minister responsible Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
Website
http://www.education.gov.uk/
United Kingdom
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The Department for Education (DfE) is a department of the UK government responsible for issues affecting people in England up to the age of 19, including child protection and education.

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

History

The DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 by the incoming Conservative/LibDem coalition government taking on the responsibilities and resources of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Predecessor bodies

Responsibilities

The department is led by the Secretary of State, currently Michael Gove. The Permanent Secretary is David Bell. DfE is directly responsible for state schools in England. The predecessor department employed the equivalent of 2,695 staff as of April 2008 and planned to reduce to 2,620 by the end of April 2009.[1]

Ministers

The Department for Education's Ministers are as follows: [2]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility
Sarah Teather MP Minister of State Children and families
Nick Gibb MP Minister of State Schools
John Hayes MP Minister of State Further education, skills and lifelong learning
Tim Loughton MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Children and young families
Lord Hill of Oareford CBE Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Schools (including academies)
Key Conservative
Liberal Democrat

John Hayes works jointly between the department and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.[3]

Executive board

As of 1 September 2009 (2009 -09-01) the executive board:[citation needed]

  • Permanent Secretary - David Bell
  • Director-General for Children and Families - Tom Jeffery
  • Director-General for Schools - Jon Coles
  • Director-General for Young People - Lesley Longstone
  • Director-General for Corporate Services - Sue Higgins
  • Director of Communications - James Frayne

Locations

As of May 2010, the DfE has four main sites:[citation needed]

  • Castle View House, Runcorn
  • 2 St Paul's Place, Sheffield
  • Mowden Hall, Darlington
  • Sanctuary Buildings, London

Devolution

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

Scotland

Scottish Government Education Directorates

Northern Ireland

Wales

References

External links


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