Ian Watts (Area Education Officer – North Kent) and Christine McInnes (Director of Education) were in attendance for this item.
Mr Watts introduced the report which asked the Committee to consider and endorse or make recommendations to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills on the decision to agree the school term dates for KCC community and voluntary controlled schools for the school years 2022-23. Mr Watts said the Council had undertaken a public consultation and the results of this were set out in the report, as well as the proposed term dates.
In response to questions from Members, it was noted:
· The additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations falls into the 2021-22 year. The published dates are being amended to reflect this, although it falls into Kent schools’ half term dates.
· The consultation was accessible online and was also distributed to schools. There was a bigger response to the public consultation than in previous years.
RESOLVED to endorse the proposed decision of the Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services to agree the school term dates for KCC community and voluntary controlled schools for the school years 2022-23.