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INSET Days 2018 2019 / School Holidays – Advanced Notice

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What are INSET days?

INSET days (INSErvice Training days) are a government requirementfor all schools and are used to provide training and development for staff that supports school improvement. Staff attend the days (or allocated hours when training is provided over the evenings) in order to meet the school’s development needs, however children are not on school site during INSET days. 5 days must be allocated. INSET days are vital to maintaining and developing best practice and ensuring that the school continues to go from strength to strength. INSET days have always existed (historically called Baker Days or not reported), however schools now state when they are, rather than families simply being told a different return date to that of the school staff.



Common practice is to provide at least 6 weeks notice of INSET, but as a parent myself, I understand how frustrating it can be when little notice is given.


Therefore, I have arranged the INSET days for all 2018/19 academic year well in advance, giving parents the entire year’s allocation. I also include an outline plan of what is currently anticipatedas the development areas, so that parents can see how the time is used to support children.


INSET days are planned as follows:


§ Thursday September 6thand 7thFriday September 2018

Safeguarding Training / Child Protection updates (Level 2 training)

Keeping Children Safe in Education – Changes to DfE regulations


§ Monday January 7th 2019

Assessment and recording strategies for non core subject areas

General Data Protection Regulations (training for staff on legal requirements and changes to practice.


§ Monday 3rdJune 2019

Pupil Progress reviews / achievement recording


§ Thursday July 25th2019



It is not anticipated that any of these dates will change; however, if there are any changes due to unforeseen circumstances you will be informed as soon as possible.


Holiday dates:

Included in the 'Key Information' page on the school website are the ‘Derby City Holiday Dates Schedule’. This document is published by Derby City Council, not the school and therefore does not include the INSET days listed.