Reduced school year 2021/22

Headteachers, Governors
How to adjust for the extra bank holiday in 2022

As you may be aware, an extra bank holiday has been announced for 3 June 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The DfE has therefore amended the Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations to reduce the school year 2021/22 for maintained schools by one day – so that for 2021/22 teachers must be available to work 189 teaching days (+5 INSET days), rather than 190.

The 1,265 hours of ‘directed time’ is therefore reduced to 1,258.5 hours for this year.

The reduced day’s holiday still requires a revision to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) for 2021/22, and is formally subject to a statutory consultation which is running to 14 September, followed by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Order coming into force (expected mid-October).
In the meantime, the DfE has informally advised the council that, as the Bank Holiday falls within Oxfordshire’s summer half term holiday, schools will be able to choose to take the extra day off at any other time of their choosing.

Schools should inform parents and any transport providers well in advance of their changed dates.