Think beyond the classroom.

At the Department for Education, you’ll be helping to deliver far more than a school education for every child in the UK. You’ll help us achieve world-class standards of learning, training and social care for everyone, of any background.

You don’t need to be a civil servant to join us. Nor do you need to have worked in academia. So if you’d like to make a real difference in life, why not think beyond your current role?

Who we are

More about us

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education. From early years, schools and apprenticeships, to higher and further education, we cover it all. At heart, we’re the department for realising potential. Enabling children and learners of all ages and needs, to thrive. Sometimes that means protecting the vulnerable. Or maintaining the standards of education, training and care. And it currently involves 6,000+ people working across the UK.

Perhaps then, it’s not surprising we were recognised in the top 20 for Social Mobility Employers in 2018. By helping everyone in the UK realise their full potential, we can power our economy, increase fairness and strengthen society as a whole. And, help you make the most of your talents in the process.

Vision, values & culture

Our vision, values and culture

We have a vision if a country where everyone enjoys the same level of social mobility and opportunity, regardless of background. Helping to drive the economic recovery after COVID, our mission is to help everyone realise their full potential.

That means our values and culture are based around actions. Levelling up productivity and helping people and parents into work. Levelling up education standards so that all young people are prepared for the future. Supporting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, so no child or young person is left behind. And providing the best start in life for all, through the best standard of education possible.

Opportunities & Salary information

What roles can I apply for?

Here at the Department for Education, our work brings all sorts of professionals together. Opportunities can be found in administration, policy-making, digital, commercial, finance and more.

With a funded apprenticeship scheme and jobs at all levels, there’s a good chance you’ve got the skills we’re looking for. Plus, now that we’re here in Darlington, you can move upwards in your career, without moving away from home.

How much could I earn?

Our annual salaries start from £21,000 for entry level to £61,014 for senior management roles Grade 6 and above. Senior Civil Service (SCS) roles start from £71,000 for Deputy Director roles. Starting salaries are indicated on each vacancy.

If you’re ready to help us think beyond, then take a look at our current vacancies and apply today.

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Benefits & flexible working

Think beyond your current benefits.

What better place to grow than the ministry responsible for the nation’s learning? Whether it’s building connections across government or using paid volunteer days to work on the projects you’re passionate about, your development is guaranteed. You’ll enjoy some very generous benefits, too.

Flexible working

  • Hybrid working patterns, split between office and home
  • Flexitime with the chance to take up to 2 extra days off each month
  • Part-time, term-time, job-share and condensed hours all available

Excellent benefits

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Market-leading Civil Service pension scheme
  • 5 learning and development days a year
  • 3 days paid leave to volunteer
  • Learning and development programmes to suit your career goals
  • Funded apprenticeships and external training
  • Vibrant networks and groups to build new connections
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 28 weeks full pay, followed by 11 weeks of statutory pay, a further 13 weeks unpaid and paternity leave of 3 weeks full pay
  • Plus many more…

How to apply

Ready to help us think beyond? Why not take a look at our current vacancies? You’ll find full details on all our roles. Who we’re looking for. What’s involved. The exact salary you’ll earn. Plus all the help you need to apply.

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