Last reviewed 6 May 2021

The Education (School Day and School Year) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/541) come into force on 1 June amending the Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999.

These Regulations set out the minimum number of school sessions that must be held during a school year in every school maintained by a local authority and every special school not maintained by a local authority. One of the main changes is to reduce the minimum number of sessions which must be held in the school year 2021-22 from 380 to 378. This is to enable relevant schools to close for the additional bank holiday announced on 12 November 2020 and due to take place on 3 June 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

A further amendment allows up to two sessions in the school year 2020-21 to be counted towards the minimum number of sessions held during that year even if they are devoted wholly or mainly to the training of teachers rather than the teaching of pupils.

This is so that, where a relevant school held an additional “inset” day on 4 January 2021 to help teachers train and prepare for coronavirus testing in schools, this is counted as a session for which the school met.

The full text of the new legislation can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/541/pdfs/uksi_20210541_en.pdf.