The school day and year

  • Changing the length of the school day
    Read the rules on setting and changing the school day for maintained schools and academies. Get advice on how to consult on the changes, and download our template consultation letter for parents.
  • Ending the school day early
    Understand the rules on ending the school day early and who is responsible for your pupils during early closures. See examples of schools that close early on certain days.
  • Structuring the school year (maintained schools)
    Some maintained schools can set their own term dates. Find out who is responsible for this in your school, what the regulations are, and whether you can set different term dates for different year groups.
  • Timetabling in special schools
    Create your school timetable successfully by following our guidance. Find out what you need to consider before and during the planning process. You can also see examples of timetables from a range of special schools.