how many weeks are in a school year UK

How Many Weeks & Terms Are in a School Year UK? (Explained)

In all 4 nations of the UK from N Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England school children require to attend school for a certain amount of days & weeks, hours each academic year. The UK education system results in all local authority council education departments decide the actual school year start, end and holidays which results in different school weeks timing.

Scotland, England, Wales UK school year has 3 terms split into 6 half terms over 39 weeks (195 days) including 5 days teacher inset training, with N Ireland 40 weeks 200 days schooling days year.

How long is a term in school UK? 3 terms, each term is 13 weeks long, academic year is split into 6 half terms six weeks long with school holidays in between.

How many months in a school year UK? There are 9 academic months in each school year from September to July with 3 months school holidays spread throughout the year.

How many school days & weeks in a year UK

  • Scotland school year has for 38 weeks over 190 days for pupils (plus 5 days inset teacher training days) split over 3 terms and divided into 6 half terms with school holidays for pupils and teachers in between.

The school year in Scotland starts second Monday of August until last week of June. Scottish councils set different Bank holidays/national holiday dates to other UK schools.

  • England school year has 39 weeks or 195 days (5 days inset days) over 3 terms split into 6 half terms with school holidays between terms. Academic school English year starts first Monday of September to end of second week in July.
  • Northern Ireland school year has 200 school days & 40 weeks an academic year over 3 terms with holidays in between.1st term starts from early September to 3rd term to end of June. 200 school days includes inset staff training days when pupils are off on these days.
  • Wales’s school year is 190 days over 39 weeks and 5 additional teacher and school staff INSET days training in the academic year. The Wales school year is split in 3 terms and half terms 6 weeks apart with school holidays in between.

“The standard terms and conditions for teachers provide for 195 working days, of which 190 are teaching days” in Wales, UK.

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UK school term dates 2022/2023

Scotland (Edinburgh) school terms & holiday dates 2022/23

School Holidays & TermTerm HolidayDates
School starts, term 1Autumn term 1 startsWednesday 17 August 2022
Autumn mid-term holidayMid-term holidayMonday 19th September 2022
Autumn mid-term holidayMid term break holidayMonday 17th to Monday 24th October 2022,
End of term 1Christmas/New year breakTerm ends Tuesday 20th December 2022
Festive Christmas holidaysChristmas/New year breakWednesday 21st December 2022 to Wednesday 4th January 2023
Spring startsTerm 2 startsThursday 5th January 2023
Mid term holidaysSpring mid term breakMonday 13th to Friday 17th February 2023
Term 2 endsTerm endsFriday 31 March 2023
Easter holidaysEaster breakMonday 3 to Friday 14 April 2023
Summer term 3 startsTerm 3Monday 17th April 2023
May day holidayMid term breakMonday 1st May 2023
School closedStaff training dayTuesday 2nd May 2023
Victoria DayOne day breakMonday 22 May 2023
Term 3 endsSummer holidays28th June 2023

England (Manchester) school terms & holiday dates 2022/2023

School Holidays & TermTerm HolidayDate
Term 1 first school dayTerm 1 startsThursday 1st September 2022
Autumn Half Term HolidayHalloween half term breakMonday 24th October 2022 to Friday 28th October 2022
Festive Christmas holidaysEnd of term 1Monday 19th December 2022 to Monday 2nd January 2023
Term 2 Spring HolidaysHalf Term HolidayMonday 20th February 2023 to 24th February 2023
Easter holidayEaster break3rd April 2023 to Friday 14th April 2023
Term 3 half term holidayTerm 3 half term breakMonday 29th May 2023 to Friday 2 June 2023
End of term 3 (Summer holidays)End of school yearFriday 21st July 2023

Wales (Cardiff) terms & school holidays 2022/2033

School Holidays & TermDate
Autumn term 1 starts new school yearMonday 5th September 2022
Autumn half termMonday 31st October 2022 to Friday 4th November 2022
End of term 1 (Christmas/New Year break)Friday 23rd December 2022
Spring term 2 startsMonday 9th January 2023​
Spring half termMonday 20th February 2023 to Friday 24th February 2023
End term 2 (Easter break)Friday 31st March 2023​
Summer term 3 startsMonday 17th April 2023
Half term breakMonday 29th May 2023 to Friday 2nd June 2023
End term 3 (Summer holidays)Monday​ 24th July 2023

Northern Ireland terms school holidays 2022/23

School Holidays & TermDate
Schools starts after summer holiday1st September 2022
Halloween31st October & 1st November 2022
Christmas & New Year22nd December 2022 to 3rd January 2023
Mid-term16th & 17th February 2023
St Patrick’s Day17th March 2023
Easter6th to 14th April 2023
May Day1st May 2023
Spring Bank Holiday29th May 2023
Summer holiday begins (End of school year)1st July 2023

What is school inset days?

Primary and secondary schools in UK have 5 inset days (In service training) each year for teacher that is mandatory for local government maintained school to hold and teacher & staff to attend. School is closed on inset days and pupils get the day off.

Inset teacher training days are for teacher, teaching assistants and all support staff who receive guidance & training in safeguarding, child protection & other educational issues. The school normally chooses to hold one day inset training throughout the year to provide important educational updates to all staff.

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