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Every lesson shapes a life

Do schools kill creativity?

Teachers – everyday heros

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Department for Education

Find out who's who and keep up to date with the latest news, reports and policy documents from the Department for Education.

Shadow Education Cabinet

Search here for the shadow education ministers holding Nadhim Zahawi et al. to account.

Types of school

Children must get an education between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16. However, the type of school they attend can differ.

The national curriculum

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education.

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Get into teaching

Get into teaching with support and advice from the Department for Education. All your questions answered.

Department for Education Outcome Delivery Plan

Outcome delivery plan published in July 2021, setting out the key priorities of the Secretary of State for Education and how they will be achieved.

This plan supersedes the DfE’s single departmental plan published in June 2019, which was withdrawn.

Spending on schools in England

How much does the government spend on education and how is it calculated?

Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England.

It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.

Performance tables - Find and compare schools in England


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Secondary school accountability measures

Information for schools about secondary school accountability measures, including Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

school admission criteria

New GCSE grades 1-9

How the new grades compare with the old ones.

Explaining SATS

What are SATS tests and what are they for?

T Levels, what are they?

From 2020, T Levels will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A levels and will help them to get a skilled job.

Children with special educational needs

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. 

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Draft for consultation: July 2018

Health & Safety guidance for schools

Striking the right balance so that the real risks are managed and learning opportunities are experienced to the full is not easy.

Safeguarding children

We all have a part to play in keeping children safe and need to be alert to the signs to neglect or abuse.

Tackling bullying in schools

Top tips for teachers and school staff.

Social media advice for teachers

This insight looks at key questions posed by teachers about how to manage the growing role of social media.

Education Acronyms

Education is full of acronyms which can be confusing for anyone in and around education.