This consultation ended 21 February 2014.
Details of outcome
This consultation seeks your views on proposals for regulations on the consultation process to be followed before the use of Welsh Ministers' powers of direction on school term dates.
The Welsh Government is aware of the difficulties faced by many hard working families across Wales as a result of variations in school term dates and therefore school holidays.
In order to address this issue legislative changes to the setting of school term dates have been included in the Education (Wales) Bill which the Minister for Education and Skills introduced before the National Assembly for Wales on 1 July 2013. The Bill is currently undergoing scrutiny by the Assembly and is subject to passing such scrutiny and receiving Royal Assent.
The proposed changes to the setting of school term dates include giving the Welsh Ministers a power to direct local authorities and the governing bodies of voluntary aided and foundation schools on the term dates they set. This is to achieve harmonisation of school term dates if local authorities and the governing bodies of voluntary aided and foundation schools have been unable to agree on term dates or if the term dates which have been agreed need to be altered.
The consultation document below seeks your views on the proposals for the regulations which will provide for the consultation process to be followed before the Welsh Ministers use their powers of direction on school term dates.