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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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'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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