Policy paper

The importance of teaching: the schools white paper 2010

A white paper outlining the government's proposals to reform the education system in England.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England



‘The importance of teaching’ white paper outlines the steps we propose to take to improve education in England.

The ‘case for change’ document gives evidence to back up the proposals in the white paper.

The impact assessment examines the costs and benefits of the white paper’s policies.

The equalities impact assessment looks into the effect that the proposals set out in the white paper will have on groups with relevant protected characteristics.

The relevant protected characteristics, identified in the Equality Act 2010, include:

  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex and sexual orientation
Published 24 November 2010