'Championing the rights of children'

All state schools in England allowed to set own term dates

Garry Tue 02 Jul 2013 07:41

All state schools in England will be able to decide their own term dates, under plans for more school autonomy announced by the government.

This will extend a flexibility that is already available to academies.

It could mean that more state schools switch from the long six week summer holidays.

The Department for Education said terms should be decided by "heads and teachers who know their parents and pupils best".

Head teachers warned that parents with children in different schools would still expect local schools to agree common dates so that families could plan holidays together.

Schools can already vary the shape of the school day, but from September 2015 they will also be able to change the length of their terms.

Labour's education spokesman Stephen Twigg announced last month that a future Labour government would extend these academy flexibilities to all state schools.

It means that both the coalition government and opposition are pushing for greater powers to be devolved to individual schools.

Read more... (BBC News - 1 July)