Change is difficult to achieve in the educational world but having two seven-week blocks followed by four of six weeks has to be better than the present long terms of uneven length, which mean students and staff become over-tired.
Issues such s the date of exams are separate, but moving them from the hay-fever season can only help thousands of candidates. Having the results at the end of term in July is preferable to issuing them in the middle of August.
Local government does believe that the structure of the school year can reduce stress and help to raise standards. The present proposed changes are hardly revolutionary and certainly will not increase stress on staff.
Chair, Education and Lifelong Learning Executive
Local Government Association,
Local Government House
Smith Square, London SW1