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Department for Education announces restructure

The Department for Education has announced a restructure to ‘provide integrated delivery for schools and local authorities, including children’s social care and special educational needs and disabilities’.

The new structure will see the creation of a new strategic centre, regional groups and individual groups focused on families, schools and skills and is designed to ensure the DfE responds better to local needs and circumstances.

The creation of a regions group within the department is planned to ensure DfE is “aligned to the nine regions used across the rest of government” and the dedicated families group will include children’s social care, safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Early Years.

DfE permanent secretary, Susan Acland-Hood said ““We are serious about our purpose – to help children and learners up and down the country to realise their potential. To make sure the department is best organised to deliver on this we are making some changes.

We are reorganising to be a department that thinks, acts and partners much better locally, not least by being aligned to the nine regions used elsewhere in government. They also mean we will be organised in a way that is clear and makes sense to the stakeholders we work with and will help us deliver the department’s priorities on skills, schools and families.”

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