Coventry City Council School Terms and Holidays 2016/2017 Consultation

Coventry City Council People’s Directorate – School Terms and Holidays 2016/2017 Consultation

23 February 2015 to 10 March 2015

Coventry Local Authority is now seeking your views on school terms and holidays options for the 2016/2017 academic year.

The draft Deregulation Bill proposes allowing governing bodies of community, voluntary controlled, community special and maintained nursery schools in England to set their own school term and holiday dates from September 2015 onwards. The Governing Bodies of academies, free schools, foundation/trust and voluntary aided schools currently have the power to set the term and holiday dates for their own schools.

 The Local Authority believes that a standard set of holiday dates adopted by all Coventry schools will be better for school attendance, the organisation of admissions to Year R/Year 7 and for parents and carers arranging childcare and transport. The term and holiday setting procedure will continue for 2016/17 as in previous years and Coventry schools will be requested to adopt the outcome of this consultation.

 BACKGROUND

 Coventry takes into account the following principles in setting calendars for school terms and holidays:

* a school year is 195 days, with 190 pupil days and five teacher days;

* one teacher day is determined by the Local Authority and four days by individual schools;

* statutory holidays are observed;

* schools prefer full weeks of teaching wherever possible;

* schools prefer a full week break at half term and two full weeks at Easter and Christmas;

* half term holidays are set at the same time as those of neighbouring authorities if possible.

The comments from consultations of previous years are also taken into account.

 TEACHER DAYS

 A teacher day is a work day for teachers, but not a pupil teaching day.

 If a community or voluntary controlled school decides to close to pupils on an election day then one of the remaining four teacher days must be used for this purpose. This is also recommended for foundation/trust and voluntary aided schools and for academies.

There are no Local Election dates currently set for 2017.

OPTIONS FOR THE 2016/2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

Until other West Midlands and Warwickshire Local Authorities have finished their own consultations their final term and holiday dates are unknown. Option 1 gives the West Midlands and Warwickshire Local Authorities preferred options for 2016/17 term and holiday dates. Options 2 and 3 begin and end the Christmas holiday later than in Option 1. Option 2 ends the academic year 1 day later than Option 1.

Coventry City Council is asking for your option preference for the choices below. Holiday dates are inclusive.

Option 1

Autumn Term 2016

* Term Starts Tuesday 6 September 2016 for pupils (Monday 5

September 2016 for teachers)

* Half Term Monday 24 October 2016 to Friday 28 October2016

* Term Ends Friday 16 December 2016

Spring Term 2017

* Term Starts Tuesday 3 January 2017

* Half Term Monday 20 February 2017 to Friday 24 February 2017

* Term Ends Friday 7 April 2017

Summer Term 2017

* Term Starts Monday 24 April 2017

* Half Term Monday 29 May 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017

* Term Ends Tuesday 25 July 2017

Option 2

As Option 1 with the following changes:

 Autumn Term 2016

* Term Ends Wednesday 21 December 2016

 Spring Term 2017

* Term Starts Monday 9 January 2017

 Summer Term 2017

* Term Ends Wednesday 26 July 2017

Option 3

As Option 1 with the following changes:

 Autumn Term 2016

* Term Ends Thursday 22 December 2016

Spring Term 2017

* Term Starts Monday 9 January 2017

PLEASE MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN

This consultation document is currently available to download from the Coventry City Council website by following the School Term Times link.

Your views are important. Please make them known by completing the online feedback form on the Council’s website by following the link

http://www.coventry.gov.uk/termdates or http://www.coventry.gov.uk/consultations

REPLIES MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE 5:00 PM TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2015.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

 The consultation period runs from Monday 23 February 2015 to 5:00 pm Tuesday10 March 2015. All responses received during the consultation period will be collated and reported to Cabinet Member (Education), on 8 April 2015, for his decision.

 Following the decision by the Cabinet Member (Education), the dates of the Terms and Holidays for Academic Year 2016/17 will be available on the School Term and Holiday page of the Coventry