The Guardian is reporting that a council in South Yorkshire will become the first in the country to shorten the long school summer break with an extra week off later in the year.
Barnsley council has approved plans to bring in the changes in the next academic year after concerns that the current length of summer holidays leads to poor educational achievement and issues with high holiday prices for families on low incomes.
Council bosses have given the go-ahead to overhaul the school holiday system in favour of four weeks and four days in the summer and an extra week in October starting from September 2017. They argued the long summer break could lead to “learning loss”.
Nick Bowen, headteacher at Horizon community college, said the changes had been “fleetingly” mentioned at the end of a meeting when most school headteachers were not there.
He said: “We have been left perplexed that a change of this magnitude is being brought in without any real consultation with all headteachers in the area.”
Councillor Tim Cheetham said the decision had received a positive response from parents.
He added: “The decision to alter the borough’s term times and holiday dates is based on sound research evidence that shows the maximum length of the summer break should be no more than five weeks for the best educational outcomes.”
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