Term-time holidays ‘do not harm primary test scores’

TES is reporting that recent findings have found that term-time holidays have no negative impact on a child’s test scores.

Authorised term-time holidays have little impact on primary pupils’ attainment and may even be linked to better performance in tests, according to findings seen by TES.

The researchers say the figures undermine the government’s “mind-boggling” clampdown on term-time holidays, which is currently being contested in the courts.

The DfE has repeatedly claimed that each day missed from school can harm pupils’ attainment. Since September 2013, heads have been allowed to authorise term-time absences only in “exceptional circumstances”, which do not usually include holidays.

They have concluded, independently, that authorised holiday absences are not linked to poorer attainment at KS2.

In addition, the data shows that pupils who take no authorised holiday absence at all are less likely to reach level 4 at KS2 than those who take at least one day off for a family trip during term-time.

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Do you think, with these recent findings in mind, it’s still a good idea for kids to take term-time holidays? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. 

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