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The Department offices in Westminster
The Department offices in Westminster

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Ministers

Ministers in the Department for Education and Skills as of 5 May 2006: May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Permanent Secretary

Permanent Secretaries in the Department for Education and Skills: The Permanent Secretary, in most departments officially titled the Permanent Under-Secretary of State (although the full title is rarely used), is the most senior civil servant of a British Government ministry, charged with running the department on a day-to-day basis. ...

  • David Bell: Jan 2006 - current (DfES)
  • Sir David Normington: May 2001 - Dec 2005 (Department for Education and Employment / DfES)
  • Sir Michael Bichard: July 1995 - May 2001 (DfEE)
  • Sir Timothy Patrick Lankester: Feb 1994 - July 1995 (Department for Education / DfEE)
  • Sir Geoffrey Holland: Jan 1993 - Jan 1994 (DfE)
  • Sir John Caines: July 1989 - Jan 1993 (Department of Education and Science / DfE)
  • Sir David Hancock: May 1983 - June 1989 (DES)
  • Sir James Hamilton: May 1976 - May 1983 (DES)
  • Sir William Pile: Aug 1970 - May 1976 (DES)

David Bell is Permanent Secretary at the British Department for Education and Skills. ... Sir David Normington KCB - Permanent Secretary, Home Office. ... Sir Michael Bichard KCB is a former civil servant in the United Kingdom, first in local and then central government. ...

See also

Becta (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is the UK Governments key partner in the strategic development and delivery of its information and communications technology (ICT) and e-learning strategy for the schools and the learning and skills sectors. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Science Learning Centres website The national network of Science Learning Centres provides Continuing Professional Development for everyone involved in science education. The network is a joint initiative by the Department for Education and Skills and the Wellcome Trust.

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