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The White and Green Papers are out - what next? webinar

6 May 2022

This online event took place on Wednesday 4 May 2022, 2-3pm and is now available on-demand. The content in this recording was correct as of the original webinar date.

At the end of March, the Department for Education published the long-awaited White and Green Papers.

They have been described as both “ambitious” and “underwhelming” by commentators so far but, whatever your view, they lay out the strategic framework and guidance for all English schools and academies over the next eight years.

During this webinar, Head of Education and Governance expert, Mark Blois was joined by our regulatory and pastoral specialists who explained some of the core policy and legal implications, as well as the importance of action on your own terms.

The White and Green Papers are out

Our speakers

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

Mark Blois specialises in advice to schools, colleges, and local authorities on the full range of legal issues, both contentious and non-contentious including changes of category, re-organisations, governance, commercial arrangements, special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions, exclusions and safeguarding.

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Philip Wood

Philip Wood

Senior Associate

Philip specialises in education law and has over eight years of experience in advising a range of education institutions

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Katie Michelon

Katie Michelon

Senior Associate

Katie advises schools and academies on a broad range of education law matters and regularly advises on exclusions, governance, safeguarding, admissions and parental complaints.

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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