Department for Education

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Non-Ministerial Departments


The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Ofqual is a non-ministerial department.

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The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament. Ofqual is a non-ministerial department.

See main article: OfSted

Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Student Loans Company

  • Mar.11.2018: Student loans sale faces Audit Office probe. The govt spending watchdog the National Audit Office is to investigate the sale of a £1.7bn student loans book that has reportedly led to an £800m loss for taxpayers. It was the first of a 4-year sell-off of loans made to students before 2012. The first clutch of debt, which had a face value of £3.7bn, was sold to specialist investors including pension funds and hedge funds via a securitisation process — where assets are packaged together and sold as bonds. Offloading £43bn of graduate debt — currently valued at just under £30bn — is part of a government attempt to reduce its own borrowing. Loans totalling about £12bn are expected to be sold over the next five years. (See Comments) The Times, Sabah Meddings

Office for Students

Office for StudentsWikipedia-W.svg. Supposed to help uphold standards at universities. Chair: Sir Michael Barber.

  • Mar.22.2018: Toby Young clings onto taxpayer-funded Free Schools role. The process behind Toby Young's appointment to the OfS was heavily criticised by the Commissioner for Public Appointments last month, whose report revealed that Young had been encouraged to apply by Jo Johnson, then Universities minister (now Transport minister). Questioned about the contract in the House of Commons in Feb.2018, the Education minister Sam Gyimah, gave a studied response, saying the DfE was “looking at options”. Layla Morna, the Liberal Democrats Education spokesperson, attacked Young’s OfS appointment as "blatant cronyism". Since the controversy Young has kept an uncharacteristically low public profile. Richard Adams, The Guardian.

Executive Agencies

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Education and Skills Funding Agency

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Standards and Testing Agency

Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies

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Other Bodies

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Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

The Star Chamber helps review all Department for Education data collections relating to children’s services, schools and families. The Star Chamber is made up of representatives from schools and local authorities.

National Curriculum

Sex and Relationship Education

  • Mar.02.2018: Teach girls how to get pregnant, say doctors. Girls should be taught how and when to get pregnant in new compulsory sex education classes, a coalition of leading doctors, fertility experts and campaigners has told the govt. The traditional focus on contraception and warnings over the risk of teen pregnancy mean that many young women assume they will conceive as soon as they want to, according to the Fertility Educational Initiative (FEI). In fact, NHS figures show that one in seven couples struggles to conceive. Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

SureStart Children's Centres

Associated Groups


Cons/LibDem (Cameron/Clegg)
DfE: The DCSF was reorganised as the Department for Education. Other education functions of the DCSF were taken over by DIUS.
Labour (Brown)
The DfES was split into two:
Department for Children, Schools & Families, responsible for issues affecting people in England up to the age of 19, including child protection and education. DCSF was directly responsible for state schools in England.
Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills, with responsibility for Adult, Further and Higher education. DIUS also took over the Department of Trade & Industry's science and innovation functions, as well as the innovation and skills functions of DfES.
Labour (Blair)
DfES: the Department for Education & Skills was set up, with responsibility for the education system (including Higher Education and Adult Learning) as well as Children's Services. Its jurisdiction was England-only. Responsibility for employment was transferred to a new Department for Work & Pensions.
1995DEE: the Department for Education & Employment was created by the merger of the Department for Education with the Department of Employment.
Conservatives (Major)
DfE: DES was renamed as the Department for Education. Responsibility for science was transferred to the Cabinet Office's Office of Public Service and the Department of Trade & Industry's Office of Science and Technology.
Labour (Wilson)
DES: The Department of Education & Science was created.