Last reviewed on 14 October 2021
School types: Maintained · School phases: All
Ref: 7493

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.


Maintained schools must open to educate their pupils for at least 380 sessions (190 days) in each school year.

However, if your school is prevented from opening for 1 or more sessions and it isn’t ‘reasonably practicable’ to rearrange the sessions for another time, you're not required to make up the lost sessions. 

These requirements are set out in regulation 3 of the Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999.

These regulations don't apply to academies or free schools.

Teachers' working days

Full-time teachers employed under the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) must be available to teach pupils for the 190 days that the school is open (189 days for the 2021/22 academic year due to the additional bank holiday).

These requirements are set out in section