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Understand the rules around structuring your school year and what you need to consider, so your school year is compliant and runs smoothly.

You're free to decide 

As an academy, it's up to your trust to determine the length of the school year.

This is set out in the DfE's model funding agreement (see page 14). However, check your own funding agreement in case it differs. 

Take staff contracts into account 

Before making changes to the school year, particularly plans to make it longer, consider staff contracts and the effect this might have on their pay.

Teachers employed under the STPCD

To teach pupils for 190 days in a year Note: this is 188 days for the 2022/23 academic year due to the additional bank holidays for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of King Charles III (the STPCD hasn't yet been updated to include the second bank holiday) For 5 INSET days, although they can’t

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