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Maintained schools unable to set term dates

An update on the commencement of provisions set out in the Deregulation Act 2015

The Government has announced a major shift in the commencement of provisions set out in schedule 16 (schools: reduction of burdens) of the Deregulation Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.

The following provisions won’t be commenced: 

  • School term dates

Maintained schools won’t be given the power to set their own term dates. The provision would have applied to governing bodies of community, voluntary-controlled, community special schools and maintained nursery schools in England. Academies, free schools, foundation schools and voluntary-aided schools already have freedom over their term dates.

  • Governing body - written statement of general principles on behaviour

Governing bodies of maintained schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools in England will still have to produce a written statement of general principles on behaviour. The head teacher must use these general principles as the basis for the school’s behaviour policy. The provision in the Act would have removed this requirement.

The following provision will commence from 1 January 2016:

  • Home school agreements

Governing bodies of maintained schools, city technology colleges, city colleges for the technology of the arts and academy schools will no longer be required to adopt Home School Agreements and associated parental declarations. However, they can choose to implement voluntary Home School Agreements. The DfE’s Behaviour and Discipline advice for head teachers and school staff will be updated as a result of this change in due course.


For more information on the Act, visit legislation.gov.uk.


Page Published: 23/09/2015