Headlines: May 8th, 2000

Work starts today (Monday) on modernising the school year, with the Local Government Association (LGA) holding a commission to investigate the options.The nature of the three term academic school year, along with the length of holidays, periodically attracts criticism for its impact on both the economy and children’s learning capacity.

THE LGA’s commission into the school year will be holding oral evidence sessions at Local Government House in London.

Today is the teachers’ day, with evidence from NAHT, NUT and NASUWT, among others.

The second day of hearings will be held later in May and hear views from those outside the teaching profession, such as the tourism industry.

The commission is expected to report back at the end of July