The Department for Education (DfE) has been accused of having a “lack of understanding” of the financial pressures schools are facing after lambasting heads for shortening school weeks.
The DfE said last week that it was “unacceptable” for schools to reduce their weeks after Fulbourn Primary School, in Cambridgeshire, announced the move to make “significant savings in a tough financial climate”.
The department’s response suggests ministers are now taking a much tougher tone on schools that are looking to close early.
Analysis from Schools Week in March found that at least 26 schools, most of them in Birmingham, have made, or are considering, changes to their timetable in order to cut costs.
At the time, the department said any changes to the school day need to be “reasonable”, with parents “adequately consulted”.