The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to determine the School Year dates for community and voluntary controlled schools, by the local authority (LA)
Schools are required by statute to provide schooling for 190 days. Teaching
staff are required by their terms and conditions to complete 195 days
including 5 development days.
Term dates and holidays, in England, are set:
• for community and voluntary controlled schools, by the local authority (LA)
• for foundation, voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools by the governing body.
The government’s policies to promote academies and free schools will mean that increasingly school governing bodies will be determining the school term dates for their schools.
The proposed calendar will be considered by Children, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee and following this the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will take the final decision. Following the consultation and approval the agreed school term dates calendar for 2022-23 will be published.
Setting school term dates has a relationship to one of the priorities in Delivering Vision and Priorities for Improvement 2018 – 2021. The priority states KCC will ‘ensure that the maximum number of children and young people of statutory school age are enabled to attend education provision on a full-time basis.’
Following the recent announcement that the Government is looking at the possibility of shortening the summer holiday and moving to a five-term school year, it is possible that the proposed term dates for 2022-23 may have to be altered following determination. However, our neighbouring LAs have already either determined or are currently consulting on their term dates for 2022-23 and there is the potential that if Kent delayed determination, it would have to follow the majority to ensure a co-ordinated approach. In addition, if we do not determine the term dates, the LA will not be meeting its statutory obligation.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/06/2021
Decision due: Not before 14th Jul 2021 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Contact: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer – North Kent Tel:03000 414302 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 03000 414302.
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 this will be updated once the consultation has finished and the full results will be presented to CYPE Cabinet Committee.