The TES is reporting that a new campaign by TimeAway is calling for school holidays to be staggered across the country, making holidays more affordable for parents.
The #ChangeSchoolTermDates campaign argues that, if demand for flights and hotel rooms is spread across a broader time span, then the cost will be reduced.
“We want to empower parents and schools to decide themselves what works best,” the campaign’s organisers said.
“Centralised school-holiday scheduling, combined with fines for unauthorised absences, is unfair on parents. It’s driving a wedge between schools and families. Families and those who work in schools have to shoulder the burden of price hikes associated with peak-time travel,” they added.
The campaign has been backed by travel agents’ association ABTA. In a poll of ABTA members, 85 per cent supported staggering school term dates by region.
How do you feel about staggered holidays? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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