The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships, and wider skills in England. 

We work to provide children’s services, education, and skills training that ensures opportunity is equal for all, no matter background, family circumstances, or need. 

At our heart, we are the Department for realising potential. We enable children and learners to thrive, by protecting the vulnerable and ensuring the delivery of excellent standards of education, training and care. This helps realise everyone’s potential – and that powers our economy, strengthens society, and increases fairness. 

We are responsible for: 

  • teaching and learning for children in the early years and in primary schools
  • teaching and learning for young people in secondary schools
  • teaching, learning and training for young people and adults in apprenticeships, traineeships and further
  • teaching and learning for young people and adults in higher education
  • supporting professionals who work with children, young people and adult learners
  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
  • making sure that local services protect and support children 

The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State, Department for Education Chair

Susan Acland-Hood, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education Chief Executive

Why the Department for Education, Development Board is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

As a Boardroom Apprentice with us, you would see first-hand the key discussions and governance that enable our Department to deliver on all our responsibilities across the country. By joining us as a Boardroom Apprentice, we will be able to provide insight into the workings, discussions, and structure of how a government board and department runs. This will form a high- quality basis for your future participation in boardrooms, in both the public and private sector. 

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

You will have the option of attending Board meetings either in person or virtually. While the majority of our Boards take place in London, some will be across the country in our different Offices. If you are not able to travel to them, you will be able to join remotely.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

There are currently eight Board meetings in 2023, with a length of approximately 3 hours, usually in the afternoons.

Date of Board Meetings (January 2023 – December 2023)

8th February, 16th March, 10th May, 15th June, 13th July, 21st September, 9th November, and 7th December.

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2023 – December 2023)