Application forms and personal statements are not always the easiest things to do online. Here we explain how users' different accessibility needs have opened up this popular application service to a much wider audience.
In our second post on service line mapping in the further education sector, Magda Bober explains the user research approach - local, immersive, and in 2 contrasting geographic locations. She also talks about how the findings are shaping policy.
As the number of our services grows, so does the need for clear DfE-specific guidance for our service teams. We've been developing a DfE Service Manual to meet that need. Here we talk about our alpha and what we've learned so far.
We teamed up with CodeUntapped to run a fantastic hackathon. Our hackers were challenged to explore ways to improve one of our live services. Karen Ferdinand kicked off the event and here she blogs about the winners, the solutions and what happened next.
Our Manchester office is becoming a really important centre of expertise in digital delivery and transformation. Jack Collier explains how what he and his team do in the North West, and with teams across the country, is a crucial part of our aspiration to provide a world class education for every child.
Service owners play an integral role here in DfE where we focus on making things better for our users. Strengthening our community of service owners is important to us. Here we explain why that is, what the service owner role itself entails and the benefits and challenges service owners face.
Most of the time Jessie Ferguson is a senior user researcher but she also volunteers to assess services built by government teams. Jessie explains the benefits of being a service assessor and what this volunteering opportunity entails.
After we published our bog post on The Delivery Book in February, we said we'd update it based on your feedback and to share the latest version. Here it is. It provides you with the tools to take an idea and develop it into a policy or service designed around the needs of the people who'll use it.
To get more great teachers into the profession DfE is building a new service for aspiring teachers to apply for teacher training. The new version is now in prototype and the team have started taking candidates through the updated service. Sarah Fisher talks here about the team's work so far.
Teachers plan out their lessons for a year and adapt them according to the pupils’ progress. Audree Fletcher and her team have been designing a service to meet teachers' needs. Audree explains why they took their service through the updated service standard assessment.