This section offers information about the arm’s length bodies (ALB) reform programme and establishment of the Executive Agencies.

The Department has implemented a huge change programme, with several of its arm's length bodies closing and others becoming part of the Department. As a result, there are four new executive agencies responsible for key delivery functions - the Standards & Testing Agency, the Teaching Agency, the National College and the Education Funding Agency. The Standards & Testing Agency opened on 1 October 2011; the other three agencies began operating on 1 April 2012.