Education in Devolved Administrations

Education is a Devolved matter, or transferred power, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI). This means each of the home nations set the overall policy and regulations for education.

If you are a RAF family posted to Scotland, Wales or NI, you’ll find there are variances in each nation because their governments make the decisions on education. The differences may include:

  • School age
  • Term dates
  • Curriculum
  • Qualifications
  • Post-16 pathways
  • SEND

Education in England

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.

Devolved Administrations resources for Armed Forces families

Below are some links to websites which can help with your initial fact find about education in the Devolved Administrations. Also, our downloadable table highlights the main differences.