Plans for schools to set terms

All state schools are set to be given permission to set their own term times. The move, which is contained in the new Deregulation Bill, paves the way for individual schools to introduce longer terms and cut the length of school holidays.

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School term time changes: Your views

The Government have proposed changes to school term times which will allow local-authority schools to cut holidays and introduce longer terms for pupils.

We asked ITV News viewers their thoughts on the proposals on our Facebook page:

No, leave the holidays as they are, the summer holidays of 6 weeks have worked fine for decades!

– Kerry Long

Longer terms are needed. Yes teachers have a stressful job but so do the nurses etc and they get a lot less. Kids get bored after a few weeks and that is when parents get stressed. Also more parents work now, so arranging child care for long periods is expensive.

– Sue Harrowell

Good in theory, but what if you have a child in one school and another in the neighbouring school... then they decide on different term dates? I do agree that holidays should be shorter, but it should be regulated!

– Claire Elizabeth Russell

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Changes to term times may turn into a 'free for all'

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) have warned that proposed changes to give schools control over term times may turn into a "free for all".

The ASCL said schools currently follow the local authority calendar because it suits parents who have children in different schools.

The problem will come if no one is responsible for creating a coordinated calendar for an area and it turns into a free for all. Somebody needs to take the lead locally on deciding term dates and it makes sense for this to be the local authority, even if schools aren't required by law to follow it.

It would help for deregulation to be accompanied by guidance which reminds schools to take into account local circumstances and to consider the practical difficulties parents can face when schools within an area have varying term dates.

– Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

'Right' that schools can set own term dates

Under the plans, councils will no longer have the authority to tell their schools when terms should start and end. Credit: Press Association Images

The Department for Education have insisted it is "right" that schools should be allowed to decide their own term dates.

A spokesman said: "It is heads and teachers who know their parents and pupils best, not local authorities.

"So it is right that all schools are free to set their own term dates in the interests of parents and pupils."

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Schools set to be allowed to decide term dates

The traditional six week summer holiday could soon be a thing of the past with state schools set to be given permission to set their own term times.

Local councils will no longer have the authority to tell their schools when terms should start and end, ministers have announced.

The move, which if passed in the new Deregulation Bill would come into effect in September 2015, will allow local-authority schools to cut school holidays and introduce longer terms.

Michael Gove has previously called for longer school days and term times, warning that the current system is out of date. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Academies and free schools - who are not under council control - are already allowed to determine their own term dates.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has previously called for longer school days and term times, warning that the current system is out of date.

The decision is likely to face opposition from teaching unions who already argue that teachers and pupils spend long hours in the classroom.