Richard Vaughan & Kaye Wiggins

The DfE empire – how ministers took control of the schools system

Scroll down for our handy visual guide to the growing network of the Department for Education’s power

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The Department for Education has more responsibilities than ever, but fewer civil servants, prompting concerns over whether it has enough capacity to run its expanding empire.

Prime minister Theresa May’s decision to move further education, skills and some of higher education back under the DfE’s remit this summer means that Justine Greening now has direct oversight of more policy areas than any other education secretary before her.

Her department has held onto the wider children’s services and social policy areas that it acquired when Gordon Brown was prime minister and in addition now also ...

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