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Last reviewed on 12 November 2020
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Keep up with significant dates and events with our online calendar for school leaders. Learn how to subscribe to the calendar in Outlook, Google Calendar and some mobile devices.

Overview of the KeyCal

Use our online calendar to be sure you don't miss events such as:

  • Religious festivals
  • National awareness days
  • Census days

View the KeyCal in a web browser by clicking on the link below. You can then bookmark the page in your internet favourites for easy access.

As well as viewing this calendar in your internet browser, you can also subscribe to it using Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and certain mobile devices. Below you'll find the steps to follow when subscribing to the calendar in different types of applications. 

Please note that we cannot guarantee these steps will work for every computer and mobile phone.

If you're unable to subscribe to the calendar with your device or software, consult the product's guidance or contact the provider to ask for information on subscribing to an internet calendar.

Subscribing in Microsoft Outlook

To subscribe to the KeyCal in Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013 and 2016:

1. Click on 'File' in the top left-hand corner of your Outlook window

2. Click on 'Account settings' and when a dropdown menu appears, click 'Account settings'

3. A pop-up window will appear. Click on the 'Internet calendars' tab, and click 'New'

4. Another pop-up box will appear. Copy the URL from this link into the text field and click 'Add':

5. Rename the folder to 'KeyCal' and click 'OK'

6. The KeyCal will now appear beneath the heading 'Other calendars' in the calendars tab of your Outlook. The calendar will be updated each time you reopen Outlook, and will synchronise with any updates we have made to the calendar. There's no need to repeat these steps again.

Subscribing in Google Calendar

To sync the KeyCal to your Google Calendar:

1. Log in to Google Calendar (you will need a Google account)

2. Go to the 'Settings' menu

3. Go to the ‘Add calendar’ section on the left-hand side of the page and click the arrow to make a drop-down list appear. Click ‘From URL’

4. Copy the URL from this link link into the URL box and click 'Add calendar':

The calendar will then appear in the calendar list on the left-hand side of the window, below 'Other calendars'. Your calendar will be automatically updated when events are added to the KeyCal.

Android mobile phones and tablets

To see the KeyCal on your Android device, follow the steps outlined above for viewing the calendar in Google Calendar, using the Google account associated with your Android device.

If you don't have Google Calendar installed on your Android device, you'll need to download the app. Once you've done this, it'll automatically display the calendars which are available to your Google account.

Subscribing on Apple devices

The steps below relate to an iPhone using the iOS 13.5.1 operating system.

To subscribe to the KeyCal on your Apple iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1. Copy the URL from this link on your iPhone or iPad:

2. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Passwords & Accounts'

3. On the next page, click ‘Add Account’

4. In the list of providers, select ‘Other’

5. On the following page, click ‘Add Subscribed Calendar’

6. On the subscription page enter the iCal link copied from above, and click 'Next'

7. Another page should appear, showing the KeyCal in the description field. Click 'Save'

The KeyCal will now appear in your personal calendar. Your calendar will be automatically updated when events are added to the KeyCal.

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