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Working for the Department for Education

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

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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.

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 help 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.

  • 3 days paid volunteering leave 
  • Fully – 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.
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Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education

Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All, sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential.

Did you know?

  • We’re a top 75 Social Mobility Employer (Social Mobility Foundation, 2021)
  • We have 30 active and vibrant Staff Networks, providing a space to learn and develop
  • We have around 8,500 staff working in 12 offices across the UK
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Skills boost for local communities

The Open University to work with colleges to offer more high-quality higher and technical education.

“I am a Senior User Researcher for the National Careers Service within the department. My role is to plan & conduct research with citizens to ensure any service that is developed is done so with the user in mind. I love being able to work with my team in an agile way.”


Senior User Researcher

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“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 Carter

Human Resources, DfE