- Department for Education
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A Department for Education previously existed between 1992, when the Department of Education and Science was renamed, and 1995 when it was merged with the Department for Employment to become the Department for Education and Employment.
The DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 by the incoming Conservative/LibDem coalition government taking on the responsibilities and resources of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
- Committee of the Privy Council on Education, 1839–1899
- Education Department, 1856–1899
- Board of Education, 1899–1944
- Ministry of Education, 1944–1964
- Department of Education and Science, 1964–1992
- Department for Education, 1992–1995
- Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), 1995–2001
- Department for Education and Skills (DfES), 2001–2007
- Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), 2007–2010
The department is led by the Secretary of State, currently Michael Gove. The Permanent Secretary is David Bell. DfE is directly responsible for state schools in England. The predecessor department employed the equivalent of 2,695 staff as of April 2008 and planned to reduce to 2,620 by the end of April 2009.
The Department for Education's Ministers are as follows: 
Minister Rank Portfolio The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility Sarah Teather MP Minister of State Children and families Nick Gibb MP Minister of State Schools John Hayes MP Minister of State Further education, skills and lifelong learning Tim Loughton MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Children and young families Lord Hill of Oareford CBE Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Schools (including academies) Key Conservative Liberal Democrat
- Permanent Secretary - David Bell
- Director-General for Children and Families - Tom Jeffery
- Director-General for Schools - Jon Coles
- Director-General for Young People - Lesley Longstone
- Director-General for Corporate Services - Sue Higgins
- Director of Communications - James Frayne
- Castle View House, Runcorn
- 2 St Paul's Place, Sheffield
- Mowden Hall, Darlington
- Sanctuary Buildings, London
Education, youth and children's policy is devolved elsewhere in the UK. The department's main devolved counterparts are as follows:
- Department of Education
- Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (children and young people) 
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