Department for Education

The UK's Department for Education is committed to creating a world-class state education system. To help achieve this goal it has published its own Digital Strategy to reflect the UK Government's overall policies.

This briefing provides information on the role of the Department for Education in policy-making, the Digital Strategy and procurement opportunities for the private sector.

Department for Education

The Department for Education works to improve the opportunities and experiences available to children and the education workforce by focusing on the following priorities:

  • giving greater autonomy to schools; improving parental choice;
  • offering more support for the poorest;
  • whole system improvement; and
  • great quality provision for children.

The Department for Education supports those who work with or for children and young people, is committed to cutting unnecessary burdens and prescription and to giving professionals the freedom and autonomy they need to get on with their jobs.

Part of this is making it easier for professionals to understand how to fulfill their legal obligations and exercise their statutory powers by making our guidance and advisory content clearer and more succinct.

New and revised statutory guidance is presented in a new standardised format that clearly sets out:

  • who the guidance is aimed at
  • the legislation it relates to
  • what it is updating or replacing
  • when the guidance will next be reviewed or will expire
  • the key points - such as what is new or has changed

Executive agencies

As a result of the Department's arm’s length bodies (ALB) reform programme there are four new executive agencies responsible for key delivery functions:

  • Teaching Agency

Digital Strategy

The Department for Education has its own Digital Strategy. Priorities include:

  • Streamline digital services bringing together important tools and services for the schools and children services work forces in one place;
  • Improve the transparency and accessibility of our information and data, and make it available in a range of open formats;
  • Develop the digital capability of our staff Build more responsive ways of interacting with the public through digital channels;
  • Increase the use of digital engagement in the development and implementation of policy
  • Complete the transition of all the Department’s website content to
  • Improve the quality and reduce the cost of our publishing service

Schools procurement

Every year, schools collectively spend approximately £9.3 billion in areas other than teaching staff. Significant savings can often be made in these areas, which can be reinvested in the school’s priorities for teaching and learning.

Schools and colleges are allowed a great deal autonomy when it comes to purchasing goods and services. The Department for Education  provides relevant guidance to schools and colleges on its website here.


(Note that the Department for Education is currently transferring its website services over to the new website.