The TES is reporting that schools in Brighton could see their summer holiday shortened and an extra week’s break introduced during the school year, in an effort to let families take cheaper holidays.
Brighton and Hove City Council is proposing an overhaul of the school calendar that would give pupils time off when those in the rest of England are at school, allowing families – and teachers – to go on holiday without facing the inflated costs of travelling during school holidays.
The proposals include cutting the six-week summer holiday and creating a “standalone” week’s holiday when going away is less expensive.
Inset days could also be coordinated into a block to create a long weekend or even a full week’s break at a time when holidays are cheaper.
The council’s children, young people and skills committee will consider on 11 January whether to discuss the options with the city’s schools.
Committee chairman Tom Bewick said: “If there is something we can do to offer lower-income families, in particular, the chance to take holidays that would otherwise be unaffordable then I think it’s worth exploring…”
We’ve heard of some schools doing this but I’m not sure anywhere else is attempting or considering it on a coordinated basis like this.
What do you think? Are there enough weeks to share out and still make a difference if everyone follows suit?
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