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Childcare and early education

Department for Business  Energy and Industrial Strategy

Brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

Department for Education

Responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The department is also home to the Government Equalities Office. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances - including making the higher education system more efficient and diverse.

Department for Education YouTube Channel

This is the official YouTube Channel of the Department for Education. It provides free access to UK government films promoting the work of the department.

Every Child Matters (Cmnd. 5860, 2003)

The Every Child Matters green paper was published in September 2003.

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

NCTL is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education. It aims to improve academic standards by recruiting and developing a workforce to meet the needs of our school system, and to help schools to help each other to improve. Also works towards developing a 0 to 18 education system which will allow new ways of working to support the best schools, headteachers, and teachers to lead improvements in the quality and training of all school staff.

National Curriculum/School Curriculum

The national curriculum, early years, key stages 1 to 5, GCSEs and AS and A levels, tests, exams and assessments.


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.

Quality Assurance Agency for higher education(QAA)

Aims to promote continuous improvement in the quality and standards of higher education provision and to provide accessible and useful public information about higher education to meet the needs of students and employers and the funders of HE.