At our heart, we are the department for realising potential. 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.
The Digital and Technology teams build products and services for children, adults, those in social care, teachers and schools.
Our diverse and inclusive culture reflects the society we live in. This helps us to achieve better outcomes for all our users
We work in multi-disciplinary teams using Agile methods to innovate and radically improve services that:
DfE Digital and Technology is part of the Department for Education (DfE).
In the DfE we have over 7,500 employees, that all play a vital part in providing world-class education, training, and care for everyone – whatever their background. We are a community of specialists who work across the department to meet our users’ needs. We deliver world class services to improve the outcomes for children and learners in education and care.
Our products and services help to improve the lives of our users and the people that deliver them, such as those that are working in schools, colleges, universities, nurseries and social care.
We’re looking for people to help us build excellent user-centred services. Our work supports people on the frontline working in schools, colleges, universities, nurseries and social care.
We do this by building excellent services that are user-centred and easy to use and by improving people’s digital and technology skills and capabilities.
Our work supports the DfE in its vision to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background. We’re proud to support the Diversity Charter.
We’re looking for talented and enthusiastic candidates who are excited by the challenge of designing user-centred policies and services for the public.
We work in multidisciplinary teams which have a rich mix of people with digital skills. Some positions are junior, others are more senior. And some are leaders of their particular digital profession. Typically our teams recruit people into these roles:
We also have a number of operation service roles in finance, HR, Recruitment and administration, so whatever your background, its likely you will find something that suits your skills and experience.
We also offer apprenticeships, T-Levels and Graduate roles.
The Civil Service is committed to becoming the most inclusive employer by 2023. It embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities.
A fully representative workforce means we can develop policies that make opportunities equal for children and young people. In our DfE Digital and Technology teams we want everyone to bring their whole self to work and be a place where honesty, challenge and innovation are encouraged and valued.
All of our roles offer flexible working patterns. We have great learning and development opportunities, excellent annual leave, and all members of staff have the opportunity to take 5 volunteering days a year to do charity work. – Take a look in more detail below.
Work can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. And a healthy and motivated workforce is paramount.
These are some of the services employees can access for support if they need.
A confidential support service giving advice and counselling.
We make adjustments to remove or reduce the effect of an employee’s disability so they can do their job to the best of their ability. Adjustments range from an accessible car parking space close to the office entrance to a particular type of office chair.
There is a wide variety of staff networks and groups across DfE, which reflect the various diverse aspects of our workforce. They have been establish to educate, engage and offer support to our people.
Trained volunteers promote and foster a working environment in which everyone is treated fairly and equally.
Several ways to raise a concern
We take bullying, harassment and discrimination very seriously. If you have a concern, you will always be supported to find the help you need.
These trained colleagues work across the DfE giving support and guidance to staff experiencing mental health problems.
DfE offers maternity leave and parents can take shared parental leave if they wish.
There is also statutory paternity leave for fathers.
Recognising people for their work, commitment and effort can be motivational and encourage them to perform to their full potential. We therefore have different ways in which we thank our employees. These include:
DfE offers a wide range of development and career opportunities to develop and grow its people. Learning and talent teams make sure people’s career and personal development aligns to the departments’ aims and priorities.
We support staff who want to study for a professional qualification by offering funding and study leave.
There are secondment and loan opportunities for people to work in another DfE team, in a different part of government or even overseas.
Everyone has, and is encouraged to give, feedback. We have regular reviews of our work and agree and set clear work objectives. There’s a strong 360 degree feedback culture.
The membership club for civil servants offers a range of sporting and social activities, plus member discounts and offers.
By joining Boundless, civil servants and their families can make the most of their free time and save money in the process.
Through this scheme, civil servants can buy and spread the cost of a new bike (including e-bikes) and cycling equipment worth up to £4,000.
You can get discounts in a wide range of shops including supermarkets and department stores.
We pay for your eye tests. If you are prescribed glasses, solely for work, the DfE will reimburse you.
If you need, you can request part of your salary in advance to help pay:
We offer support to employees to meet the cost of a deposit for a privately-rented home.
There is a dedicated charity for people who work in the Civil Service and for those who used to. It offers practical, financial and emotional support.
You can apply for a loan to pay for a season ticket for travel between home and work.
We offer a very competitive, industry-leading pension scheme for new and existing employees. Find out more on the Civil Service Pensions website.