Issue details

22/00035 - School Term Dates 2023-24

Proposed decision:

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 2023-24 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.’

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: 05/04/2022

Decision due: Not before 4th May 2022 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer – North Kent Email: Tel: 03000 414302.


This decision will be discussed at the CYPE Cabinet Committee on 10 May 2022.

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 is 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.