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PLANS TO BLOCK SCHOOL YEAR REFORM DENIED

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The chairman of the independent commission looking into moving the school year from three to six-terms has denied r...
The chairman of the independent commission looking into moving the school year from three to six-terms has denied reports the government will block the changes.

Chris Price said he had assurances from the office of education secretary Estelle Morris that control over the school year would remain with councils.

A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said changing the school year was not a priority for the government and councils would have to bear that in mind when deciding whether to go ahead with the reform.

The Local Government Association last week held what it described as a very successful meeting between members of the Independent Commission on the School Year and young people aged 14 to 19 from the UK Youth Parliament.

The Commission will announce its final recommendations in December.
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