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SIX-TERM YEAR MAY START IN KENT NEXT YEAR - IF NEIGHBOURS AGREE

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Kent CC, expected to be one of the first councils to back a six-term school year, has said it would only press ahea...
Kent CC, expected to be one of the first councils to back a six-term school year, has said it would only press ahead with change in consultation with neighbouring councils.

Thousands of parents, teachers and governors in Kent have been consulted on introducing the six-term year in the county's 622 schools from next September.

Despite reports that the consultation will show overwhelming support for the change, Kent said the result - due to be released in two weeks - is not a foregone conclusion.

'We have had a consultation and analysed the results, but the report is still being drawn up,' said a Kent CC spokesman.

'It is a very long process, and even if everyone was in favour and the councillors voted for it, this is not something we could do in isolation,' she said.

Nothing would be taken forward until talks were held with Kent's five neighbouring councils, she said.

'If you take a family with four children, all in different schools, and the holidays don't coincide, you've got a problem. We may not go ahead with it, or decide we need longer to decide.'

Graham Badman, Kent's strategic director of education and libraries, said the six-term year could lower stress among staff and pupils.

'It would help us to improve things like curriculum planning,' he said.

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