The National School of Government is to have more autonomy to develop its role as a centre of excellence for learning and development across the public sector.
Cabinet Office minister Jim Murphy has announced it is to become a non-ministerial department.
Murphy said: “As a separate department, the National School will have an important role to play in ensuring that civil servants have the best knowledge and skills to continue the improvement in public service delivery.”
The National School will continue to lead on development across government, working closely with the Cabinet Office Strategic HR function for Civil Service and Government Skills.
Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell said: “Its new status as a non-ministerial department will reflect wider ownership and accountability across the Civil Service and beyond. In effect, it has the freedom to develop into a world-class resource for the public service.”