Question of the week – 15 Apr

The Key

Restructuring the school year: researchIs there any research into the impact of different term structures?

This article on our service for school leaders looks at the research. One study found that a five-term year with intermittent holidays improved achievement and was positively received by pupils and parents. But studies into the impact of a longer or shorter school year noted that this often had  a low impact or short-lived effects.

Academies and free schools can already set their own term dates. The government plans to grant all schools this power by 2015.

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