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Gove out to cut summer holidays

22 April 2013

Michael Gove has argued that school days should be longer and school holidays shorter, rather than the current school terms which were designed for "an agricultural economy".

Academies already have powers to run longer school days and change the structure of their school terms. Maintained schools have also been allowed to extend their school day after consulting all interested parties.

The low number of academies and schools which have exercised such rights reflects the prospective hostility which is likely to come from teacher’s unions, particularly as the NUT have recently called for new limits to be placed on teachers’ working hours and pupil contact time.

Indeed, the problems faced by Nottingham City Council in their abandoned attempt to enforce a five term year could be seen as a cautionary tale to those who wish to pursue this policy.

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