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News - 3 July 2013

Term dates to be set by individual schools

The Department for Education has announced that all state schools in England will be able to decide their own term dates, bringing them into line with Academy Schools as part of the Governments greater local autonomy plans.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Schools can already vary the shape of the school day, but from September 2015 they will also be able to change the length of their terms, but Headteachers are aware that parents with children in different schools would still expect local schools to agree common dates so that families could plan holidays together. But they all have to operate within the legal minimum limit of 190 school days each year.”

Head teachers' leader Brian Lightman said: "Most schools choose to follow the local authority calendar because they know that it's better for parents who have children in different schools and teachers who want their holidays to coincide with their children's.

"The problem will come if no one is responsible for creating a co-ordinated calendar for an area and it turns into a free for all.

Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary, said: "Labour announced this very policy two weeks ago. While I'm glad Michael Gove has finally done something sensible and has picked up on one of our ideas he needs to go much further to reverse his plans which are letting down our children."

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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