Working for the Department for Education

At our heart, we are the department for realising potential.

Where do you want to go next?

Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced professional, we have what you are looking for. Jobs include administrators, policy advisers, digital, finance & commercial specialists, and many more.

We work to provide an education and children’s care system in which all children, young people and adults – no matter what their circumstances – have great options for high quality education and training at every stage of their lives.

Minister Talking to School Children

Why us?

We have offices across England, including in Coventry, Darlington, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

We recognise the importance of a good work-life balance and offer flexible working options as default such as full time, part time or job-share. We have adopted a hybrid-working model with the option of blending your work time between the workplace and home on an informal basis (subject to business need).

You'll be able to shape your own learning and development with plenty of options available, and get involved with work across government, as well as in your local community. You can use your paid volunteer days to take on projects that matter to you.

Our culture and ways of working helps us to be at our best, where we: put children and learners first; are data, expertise and evidence driven; empower ourselves and others; and as a result, deliver brilliant (and well joined up) results, internal and with the rest of the education and care system.

What do we do?

We work to provide children’s services, education and skills training that ensures opportunity is equal for all, no matter background, family circumstances, or need. We enable children and learners to thrive, by protecting the vulnerable and ensuring the delivery of excellent standards of education, training and care. This helps realise everyone’s potential – and that powers our economy, strengthens society, and increases fairness. Our priorities
  • Drive economic growth through improving the skills pipeline, levelling up productivity and supporting people to work.
  • Level up education standards so that children and young people in every part of the country are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications they need.
  • Support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people through high-quality local services so that no one is left behind.
  • Provide the best start in life through high-quality early education and childcare to raise standards and help parents to work.
We work closely with:
  • Other Government Departments
  • National and local agencies who look after children
  • Local authorities
  • Professionals who work in schools and further and higher education institutions, children’s services and health services

A Portrait of Candice Mcleod at DfE

Being an apprentice within the Department for Education has given me the opportunity to get involved in policy projects that make a real difference. This has helped with my confidence, both inside and outside of work.

Candice McLeodFurther and Higher Education, DfE

We have 11 active and vibrant Staff Networks, with over 500 staff members and growing


We have around 6,000 staff working in 11 offices across the UK


We have been recognised as 18th in the Social Mobility Employers Index for 2018

A Portrait of Jamie King at Department for Education

I joined the department following a military career. It has given me the opportunity to push myself harder than I ever imagined and I have been fully supported every step of the way. The exposure to high profile work is exactly what I signed up for and I enjoy playing my part in delivering it.

Jamie CarterHuman Resources, DfE

We offer a generous pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and 5 learning and development days a year.

Along with:

  • 3 days paid leave to volunteer
  • funded apprenticeships and external training
  • access to networks and groups to connect with like-minded individuals
  • learning and development programmes
  • maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 28 weeks full pay followed by 11 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 3 weeks full pay.



Join us

We are regularly on the lookout for new and talented people committed to making a difference. To see where you fit, explore our jobs and find out more about the impact you could have.

Gavin Williamson Talking

Education Secretary meets apprentices on his first visit

Gavin Williamson underlines the vital role of further education and skills on his first visit in post when he met apprentices in Yorkshire.

Early Years Playing

Multi-million fund to boost children’s early language skills

Families to receive extra support to help with children's early language and communication skills at home.