Department for Education

Articles written by DfE staff about the department and innovative projects it is involved in.

Professional value-added volunteering

Photo of lots of people's hands being held up in the air, volunteering for stuff

Every civil servant now gets five days of special leave a year to volunteer. In this article, Andrea Lee, Deputy Director of Strategy at the Department of Health, shows how government economists and analysts are using their professional skills to volunteer in an impactful way – helping third sector and public sector organisations in need of their particular expertise and experience.

The Policy Tests: transforming policy in the Department for Education

“What’s the point? What’s it got to do with us? Who made me the expert? Is my advice predictable? Will it actually work?” These are questions that policy makers should constantly ask themselves. Last summer the Department for Education (DfE) …