Department for Education

What We Will Do For You

  • At DfE we will give you the chance to make that real difference.
  • At DfE we will give you the opportunity to improve the country’s educational landscape.
  • At DfE we will give you the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people.
  • At DfE we will give the opportunity to work with us to make sure we have an equal society for all

Who We Are

At DfE, we are a community that works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

Our Department is responsible for:

  • teaching and learning for children in early years and primary schools and for young people under the age of 19 years in secondary schools and apprentices in further education
  • supporting professionals who work with children, young people and the education system
  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
  • making sure that social services protect and support children
  • teaching and learning at universities
  • promoting lifelong learning and wider skills for an educated society
  • creating and implementing equality strategy and legislation across government (Did you know our Department also includes the Government Equalities Office?)

Working With Us

At DfE, we don’t have a set ‘mould’ of what a Civil Servant should look like. We welcome anyone who shares our values and has the skills we need to make the difference that we want to make. As a result, we have a strong culture of inclusion and diversity, and are committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

We recognise that many people have responsibilities outside of work, and so promote and support the use of a range of flexible working patterns to enable staff to balance home and work responsibilities. Whether you want to work part time or need to come into the office a little later on certain days so you can do the school run, we are a very flexible employer, and more importantly, we treat people fairly irrespective of their working arrangements.

We are proud of our culture, and the 10 staff networks that make it even better. Our networks range from BME and LGBT to Carers Support, EU/EEA Nationals and the Departmental Disability Group. They all make an active contribution to ensure the DfE way of life is constantly becoming more equal, diverse and inclusive. We have recently increased a hundred places on the Stonewall Index, are a member of the Business Disability Forum, and achieved Level 2 Disability Confident employer at the end of last year.

As committed to the education of the country’s children and young adults, we are equally committed to the development of our own. Our Department focuses on helping each individual reach their potential, and offers many different opportunities from apprenticeships and talent schemes to mentoring and coaching.

Our Benefits

Your Pension

You will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently said that “the biggest difference between public and private sectors remains the value of employer contributions to public service pensions. These are much more generous in the public sector than in the private sector”.

If you have accrued pension rights in another pension scheme, you may be eligible to transfer these rights into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

Your Annual leave

Your annual leave allowance will be 25 days, increasing by one day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday as a privilege one day holiday and eight days’ bank and public holidays.

Our Flexible Working, Family Friendly Culture and Locations

We offer flexible working arrangements that recognise the importance of a good work/ life balance. We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. There is also a generous maternity/adoption/paternity leave package.

Flexible working is open to everyone regardless of their personal circumstances, where business or operational needs allow. For example we offer:

  • job share
  • compressed hours
  • term-time working
  • part-time working

Find out more about our flexible working here.

Find out more about our family friendly culture here.

We have sites based across England and we are committed to cross-site working, meaning you do not need to be in London to work for us or move to London to be promoted.

Our main sites are: Westminster London, Coventry, Darlington, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield. We also have satellite sites in other areas of the country and have become proud of our ability to have teams which produce outstanding work but have their members spread across different sites. Our video conferencing, telekits and the team meetings at specific sites makes working across the regions efficient and productive.

Our 10 Staff Network Groups

We know that our people may need support from time-to-time, and encourage them to reach out to others who may have had similar experiences. One of the mechanisms for this is having networks. Find out more about our staff network groups here.

Our Learning and Development

We recognise that the success of the Department depends on the performance and capability of our staff as we are committed to creating the right environment for our staff to develop and improve their performance and capability. Find out more here.

Diversity Partnerships

We are proud to have established effective partnerships that make a difference for our people. To find out more about our partnerships click here.

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