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DfE guidance on the school year and school day
Arrangements to change the timing of the school day
School holiday arrangements
How is the information used by Bradford Council?
Below are copies of the statutory academic year calendar that can be printed or downloaded for adaptation.
The number of INSET and Occasional days schools may take each year is detailed in the calendars below. For details of when specific schools have chosen to take their INSET and Occasional days please consult
2017/18 5 INSET days & 4 Occasional days
5 INSET days & 4 Occasional days
2015/16 5 INSET days & 6 Occasional days
2014/15 5 INSET days & 3 Occasional days
2013/14 5 INSET days & 3 Occasional days
DfE guidance on the school year and school day
It is a statutory requirement for schools to be open to pupils for at least 190 days in each academic year and for 195 days for staff.
Management of the School Day is a
DfE Circular (No 7/90) which provides statutory and non-statutory guidance relating to the school day. It also explains the process to be undertaken when a school wishes to change the times of school sessions. This is summarised in the guidance below which
also provides names of contacts.
Where a Governing Body wishes to review the school day, then its proposals should take account of the following:
Where the proposals affect the length of the school lunchtime and could consequently change lunchtime staffing arrangements, please liaise with your lunch provider to ensure that no additional costs will arise from
the proposed change.
Where the proposals affect the length of the school lunchtime and could consequently affect School Crossing Patrols, please contact Sue Heaton, telephone (01274) 439458.
Where the proposals affect the beginning and/or end of the school day, you should liaise with
Norman Parker ( (01274) 439456, regarding implications for school transport.
NOTE: School’s budgets can be charged for any reasonable additional costs that may be caused for home to school transport resulting from
the decision of the Governing Body to amend the school day.
Schools should give full consideration to the minimum lesson time set out in Circular 7/90, paragraph 26, when amending their timings for school sessions:
KS1 21 hours
KS2 23.5 hours
KS3-4 24 hours
NOTE: The Authority does not recommend differential start and finish times for pupils within the same school, although actual lesson
time could vary.
- Primary schools may wish to consider varying lesson times or else set their lesson time between 21 and 23.5 hours.
- Secondary schools may wish to consider at least 25 hours’ lesson time for pupils in Key Stage 4 (14 -16 year olds).
Community, Voluntary-controlled and Special Schools
Where the Governing Body propose to make any changes in the times of school sessions, they must consult the LA and the head teacher before initiating any of the procedures of change.
There should be consultation with parents. Details of the proposed changes should be notified to all parents with an opportunity for them to comment. The proposal, together with any comments from the LA (see paragraph
7 below) must be included in the Governor’s Annual Report to parents and feature as an agenda item at the subsequent parents’ meeting. It would also be advisable for the Governing Body to seek the views of staff and their professional associations/trade unions
and any other schools that may be affected by the change.
Changes can only be implemented at the start of an academic year.
Under its powers set out in Section 115 Education Reform Act, the Authority requires the following information be provided for parents when the proposal is considered:
the minimum lesson time set out in the Circular and the Authority’s guidance in paragraph 3 above;
the arrangements for lunchtime supervision, when the proposal affects the lunchtime period;
the changes in transport arrangements or access to transport, together with any projected additional cost, where the proposal affects the beginning or end of the school day;
any additional comments made by the Authority.
Following consultation, any responses should be analysed and evidenced to the LA before any proposals are agreed. If the Governing Body decides to go ahead with changing the times of the sessions,
it must give at least 3 months’ notice to the LA and parents.
NOTE: In practice, this means holding the Report to Parents’ Meeting before 31 May or else arranging a special meeting for parents before
31 May with at least 2 weeks’ notice of the proposal.
Aided and Foundation Schools
The Circular states that aided schools should “observe the important principal on which these procedures are based”. The Authority encourages aided schools to follow the guidance set out in 4 - 7 above which is in
line with good practice.
All head teachers and Governing Bodies should refer closely to the advice set out in the Circular, in particular paragraphs 10, 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26 - 29. Special schools should also pay particular attention
to paragraph 32. Aided schools should pay particular attention to paragraph 13.
Should your school be considering any changes to the school day please contact the Behaviour Support Service in the first instance and copy any correspondence to the Local Authority Learning Services section at Margaret
Behaviour Support Admin T:(01274) 439653
Responsibility: Local Authority Learning Services Section
Each year the Council agrees with Trades Unions the main school holidays for the forthcoming academic year. In addition to these all schools can add closures due to in-service training (up to 5 days or equivalent) and occasional days (variable year on year).
Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools may also change the agreed main school holidays to meet local needs.
The Information Management Team writes to all schools each year to request details of their planned closures.
School holidays and opening and closing times are vital information for Bradford Council. They are used, for example, to arrange bus and taxi contracts; to inform Welfare Officers about school attendance; peripatetic staff for their timetables; to arrange