Emma Stace - chief digital and technology officer - gives her personal view on mental health during covid, and the conversations she's had about race in the past year. She also explains what service ownership and user-centred deign lab are and how these ways of working make such a difference.
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.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, schools closed and they needed a way to teach online. Selena Brown talks about setting up 10,000 schools with digital education platforms by March 2021.
From 4 people in a basement to 120 across 3 sites, DfE Digital has grown to respond to its users' needs for excellent, user-centred services. Here, chief digital officer Emma Stace reflects on how far we've come, what's been difficult and how we're shaping up for the future.
'Commuter students’ stay at home and study rather than moving to be close to their university. This can have a significant effect on their university education. Our Lab did some user research into this, and here Helen Snowden talks about what they learned and their recommendations to policy makers.
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.
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.
We wanted to get a better understanding of how graduates make choices about their future employment. And we were also keen to hear what they thought about graduate internships. Helen Snowden talks here about what our multidisciplinary team learned from their users.