Issue details

22/00091 - Alterations to the Academic School Year 2022-23

Proposed decision:

To alter the school academic calendar 2022-23 for local authority-maintained school to allow for the additional bank holiday on 19 September 2022.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

In England, local authority-maintained schools operating according to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) must open for 195 days.

 

Of these, a maximum of 190 days involve teaching children and young people. The remaining five days are non-teaching days when teachers may be asked to undertake other duties related to their role as a teacher. These are often known as in-service training (INSET) days.

 

The school term dates for Kent community, voluntary-controlled, community special or maintained nursery schools are determined by KCC and the local authority is the employer.

           

Proposal

 

In the DfE guidance National Mourning Advisory Education Guidance under section 15 - Bank Holidays, it states:

The bank holiday announcement will not mean teachers will be required to teach an additional day. The DfE will reduce the minimum number of sessions for this school year via regulations and change the definitions in the schoolteachers’ pay and conditions document for the current year.

 

In essence, teachers will teach one less day for the academic year 2022/23, down from 195 to 194 (including INSET days), or down from 190 to 189 (excluding INSET days) across 1,258.5 hours as opposed to 1,265 hours of directed time. An extra day of holiday will therefore need to be allocated by KCC as the employer.

 

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: 13/09/2022

Decision due: Not before 12th Oct 2022 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead director: Christine McInnes

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer – North Kent Email: ian.Watts@kent.gov.uk or 03000414302 Email: ian.watts@kent.gov.uk Tel: 03000 414302.

Consultees

The proposed decision will be considered at the Children’s, Young people and Education cabinet Committee.

Financial implications: None

Legal implications: KCC as the employer must administer these changes enacted by the DfE

Equalities implications: The original EqIA has been reviewed and no updates were necessary. The document was presented to the Cabinet Member and CYPE Cabinet Committee, as part of the democratic process