Department for Education is reborn

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The DCSF has been re-branded as the Department for Education (DfE), and its rainbow logo has also disappeared from the department's website and Westminster headquarters.

It was last called the Department for Education in 1992, and has undergone several changes in the interim.

In 1992 the Department of Education and Science (DES) became the Department for Education (DFE). In1995 it became the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). In 2001 it was rebranded as Department for Education and Skills (DfES), which became the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in 2007.

The former Times journalist, Michael Gove, becomes the new Education Secretary.

Mr Gove has confirmed that Conservative plans for free schools and more academies would be the focus for change, as would supporting teaching and learning. He has also indicated plans to for smaller class sizes.

Mr gove said: "I believe nothing is more important to the fairness of our society and the future prosperity of our country than getting education right.

"Too many children still leave primary school every year without meeting basic standards in English or maths and too few 16-year-olds get five decent GCSEs.

"So improving literacy, raising pupil attainment, extending parental choice, freeing teachers from bureaucracy, improving discipline and closing the widening gap between the richest and the poorest should be our shared goal.

"In the weeks ahead, I want us to offer all schools the chance to enjoy academy-style freedoms so that heads and teachers across the country can be liberated.

"This will be the focus of the legislation we hope to bring forward later this month."

He went on to say: "We will also work to allow charities, parents and teachers' groups to open a new generation of small schools with smaller class sizes."

Mr Gove has also confirmed the new government will implement the "pupil premium" using £2.5 billion of funding targeted to the most deprived pupils.

Mr Gove has pledged that a Conservative government would give schools judged to be outstanding by Ofsted inspectors an automatic right to become academies. Mr gove hopes to have legislation in place so that schools could become academies by this September.

He had also said primary schools would be allowed to convert to academy status.

Other key priorities confirmed by Mr Gove were:

  • Greater freedom for schools over the curriculum
  • A reformed exam system allowing schools to offer a wider range of qualifications
  • More powers to teachers to ensure higher standards of discipline

An Education Bill will be outlined in the Queen's Speech on 25 May.

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