UK Education

Key Education Department websites:


Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
Provides access to Government policy on education in England. Useful section for overseas’ users is the Research and Statistics site, accessible from the front page. The A to Z search access is useful for finding particular pages.

Department of Education in Northern Ireland
The Northern Education site.

The Directgov website is an attempt to rationalise the myriad of Government websites. The aim, eventually, is to source all Government websites through this window including those of the DfES and its associated Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). While this programme is a long way off from completion, it already provides extensive access to a number of education issues.

Governors Gateway
UK schools are run by governing bodies who provide strategic direction, monitoring and evaluation and operate as ‘critical friends’ to the headteacher. Each school has a governing body consisting of key stakeholders – parents, staff, local authority or foundation and community. Although this website is quite complex to use it does contain useful information on the law and the role of governing bodies.

Scottish Executive (Education and Training)

Young People
This site is similar to the parents/carers website in that it contains extensive access to all issues on Government websites related to young people.

Welsh Assembly
Although education is devolved to the Welsh Assembly for management, the education in Wales is similar to England.

Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs):
Each Government department in England has a number of NDPBs designed to carry out aspects of departmental policy and advise the department. The main ones attached to the DfES and associated with schools are:

Learning and Skills Council (LSC)
The LSC is responsible for planning and funding high quality education and training for everyone in England other than those in universities or under 16. It funds post 16 education in schools and further education colleges. It also helps fund many forms of adult education.

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)
The new Ofsted came into being on 1 April 2007. It brings together the wide experience of four former separate inspectorates. It inspects and regulates care for children and young people, and inspects education and training for learners of all ages.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
QCA maintains and develops the national curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations; and accredits and monitors qualifications in colleges and at work. The National Curriculum affects students in schools from ages 5 to 16 as well as those in Early Years education – the Foundation Stage (Ages 3 to 5). It is also responsible for A Levels and the new post 16 diplomas. The QCA includes the National Assessment Agency (NAA).

Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)
The TDA works with schools, universities and other providers to develop the workforce and ensure that schools can recruit good-quality, well-trained people. The TDA also supports local authorities (school districts) and schools to provide extended services for parents, children and young people. Its work covers the recruitment and training of teachers (Initial Teacher Training), the development of teachers (Continuing Professional Development), the development of support staff, who now make up 40% of the school workforce in England, and workforce modernisation (formerly remodelling).

Californian Education Department

Education in Singapore – Moulding the Future of our Nation


New Zealand Ministry of Education

US Department of Education

Other Sites

The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century

BBC Education

British Council

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

British Psychological Society

Channel 4 Homework Club

Connected Family

Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organisations

Digital Brain

Emotional Intelligence Services (HayGroup)

Guardian Education

Jensen Learning Corporation


National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (NAACE)

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

RM PLC (Learning Alive)      

Times Education Supplement                                 

UNESCO Education            

University of the First Age

Department for Children, Schools and Families
Tel:  ++44 (0) 870 000 2288
email: [email protected]

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)
Tel:  ++44 (0) 8456 404 045
To order printed publications email [email protected]
or phone 07002 637 833 

Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
Tel:  ++44 (0) 300 303 3010 

Training And Development Agency (TDA)
Tel:  ++44 (0) 20 7023 8000 

Teachers’ Pensions
Tel:  ++44 (0) 845 6066 166 or 01325 745 000

Independent Schools Council
Tel:  ++44 (0) 207 766 7070 

University and College Admissions Service (UCAS)
Tel:  ++44 (0) 871 468 0 468 or 0871 4680468  within UK 

The International Baccalaureate


Examination Boards


Assessments and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Tel:  ++44 (0) 1483 506 506  
For general enquiries, email [email protected]

Edexcel International
Telephone numbers vary, depending on which qualification you wish to discuss and where your school is located.

Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) 
Tel: ++44 (0) 1223 553 998     
GCSE, A level etc, Email [email protected]
Vocational , Email  [email protected]

Cambridge Exam Board (International Examinations)
tel:  ++44 (0) 1223 553 554


Useful Websites

A starting point for information on a whole range of topics –  pensions, education, taxation, etc.  

State Boarding Schools’ Association

National Association for SEN

British Dyslexia Association

Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Students (CRESTED)
A register of schools with facilities for dyslexic children