Issue details

19/00006 - School Term Dates 2020-2021 and 2021-22

The proposed decision is to determine the School Year dates for community and voluntary controlled schools, by the local authority (LA).

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 07/01/2019

Decision due: Not before 29th Mar 2019 by Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Lead director: Keith Abbott

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: David Adams, Area Education Officer - South Kent 03000414989 Email: david.adams@kent.gov.uk Tel: 01233 898559.

Consultees

The proposed decision will be considered at the Children, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on 28 March 2019.

Financial implications: There are no direct cost implications arising from the decision on the school calendar. However, if individual foundation, voluntary aided schools, academies or free schools determine a different pattern of term dates, they may incur additional costs in relation to home to school transport, as the authority passes any additional costs on to the schools concerned.

Legal implications: The Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999 No. 3181) require schools to hold at least 380 half-day sessions (190 days) in each school year, beginning with the first term to start after July. This is consistent with the 195 days a year required by a teacher's statutory conditions of service: the additional five days are for in-service training. As KCC has responsible for community and voluntary controlled schools it is part of our duty to set the dates.

Equalities implications: A full EqIA has been completed and approved by the Equalities Team and CYPE DMT, this will be updated once the consultation has finished and the full results will be presented to CYPE Cabinet Committee.