Management Information Sheet

Consultation on school term and holiday dates 2020 - 2021

MI Sheet TypeAction
To Be Completed By: 13/12/2018
MI Number:142/18
Publication Date:02/11/2018 12:00:00
LA Contact:Caroline Money
Audience:All schools

Consultation on school term and holiday dates 2020 - 2021

Local Authorities have a duty to set the school term dates for local authority maintained schools; community and voluntary controlled schools. Foundation, Trust, Voluntary Aided Schools and Academies are responsible for setting their own term dates. In practice most schools in Norfolk use the same term dates.

Schools must be open to pupils for 190 days in an academic year and 195 days for teachers. Home to school transport will be provided on the days the school is open for pupils.

Norfolk County Council works with other local authorities nearby to set the proposed dates for an academic year - this is known as the Eastern Region Model Calendar. We do this because we feel is it better to have a co-ordinated approach to setting school term dates to minimise the impact on families and school transport providers.

Norfolk County Council is consulting on the proposed school term and holiday dates for 2020 - 2021, based on the Eastern Region Model Calendar. This can be viewed through the survey link below.

The days coloured yellow on the model calendar are pupil holidays. Five days should be selected from these days for staff training days. The following dates in 2020/2021 are suggested as staff training days:

  • 3 & 4 September 2020
  • 22 & 23 October 2020
  • 22 July 2021.

Alternatively, schools may decide to work twilight sessions instead of some or all of these days.

What happens next

The consultation ends on Thursday 13th December 2018. The results of the consultation will be published on Norfolk County Council's website in Spring 2019.

To view the calendars and comment please visit our survey at:

Alternatively you can;

  • send your comments to Caroline Money, Bay 34, Floor 8, Children's Services, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DL
  • email