Attendance at schools continues to be disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Government advice for dealing with this crisis continues to be updated and school leaders are advised to carefully monitor current advice from the DfE on recording attendance.
Independent schools and academies are free to determine the length of their daily sessions and their terms. While they are subject to statutory requirements with respect to effective teaching and the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, they are not required to follow the National Curriculum or to adhere to any guidelines with respect to the amount of time that should be devoted to each subject.
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