The schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, sets out a radical reform programme for the schools system, with schools freed from the constraints of central Government direction and teachers placed firmly at the heart of school improvement.
Drawing heavily on evidence from the world’s best education systems, it outlines how we will raise the prestige of the teaching profession, and how we will transform the quality of initial training and continuing professional development. And it commits Government to cutting away unnecessary duties, processes, guidance and requirements.
The White Paper also sets out:
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove makes a statement to the House on the publication of the schools White Paper on Wednesday 24 November 2010.
General article 09 February 2011
Read the Secretary of State's letter to headteachers and chairs of governors on the schools White Paper.
General article 26 April 2012
We asked parents, pupils and teachers for their views on what matters most in education. Watch this video to find out what they told us.
General article 24 November 2010
See a visual representation of the main themes of the White Paper.
General article 26 November 2010
Comments from schools, local authorities and other interested parties on the 2010 schools White Paper, with responses from the Department.
Multi-page article 07 March 2011