Today’s poll: Are school holidays too long for the wellbeing of vulnerable children?

Ministers have been asked to tackle “holiday hunger” faced by children from low-income families who struggle to eat healthily outside term time. Is there a broader issue here that school holidays are too long for more vulnerable children and too much good work done by schools is often undone?

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Comments

  1. Organic_Jane

    SchoolsImprove Education not childcare. Schools work hard with vulnerable children but not responsible for low income crisis.

  2. ChipolJoJo

    SchoolsImprove. Wrong question. Should we punish the majority for the minority? Or have a different solution for the most vulnerable?

  3. Locallearning2

    SchoolsImprove school hols need to be long enough for teachers wellbeing which affects kids wellbeing.Kids need time out from school stress

  4. MatthewRHead

    SchoolsImprove some kids get little structure or +ve role modelling at home & go backwards over hols. Need regular support & #inclusion

  5. Constant55

    MatthewRHead SchoolsImprove it’s not that the holidays are too long but that provision needs to be in place at these times for family

  6. MatthewRHead

    Constant55 SchoolsImprove personalised-multi agency-wrap-around-child-centred provision (fairly) easy 2 say but hard 2 do esp w/ austerity

  7. Constant55

    MatthewRHead SchoolsImprove social services are stretched already and there’s a huge deficit in tackling the issues out of school hours

  8. Constant55

    MatthewRHead SchoolsImprove we are proving 3 days of clubs in school but this is by choice so largely not attended by the vulnerable

  9. Constant55

    MatthewRHead SchoolsImprove we are proving 3 days of clubs in school but this is by choice so largely not attended by the vulnerable

  10. MatthewRHead

    Constant55 SchoolsImprove never a truer word! Referrals up, good staff buckling under pressure & no sign of things getting better

  11. MatthewRHead

    Constant55 SchoolsImprove Never do! If fams knew they needed support they’d be 1/2 way there. Solve that u can sell the secret & retire 🙂

  12. VoyagerTEFL

    SchoolsImprove Working in BESD,we talk about this a lot,not just for ‘holiday hunger’.For many this is 6 weeks of neglect and isolation.

  13. potterkatiehook

    SchoolsImprove better distributed holidays, the continuous getting ready for school and demands can also be a strain

  14. potterkatiehook

    SchoolsImprove better distributed holidays, the continuous getting ready for school and demands can also be a strain

  15. neilayates

    SchoolsImprove We have two weeks autumn half term for parents who can’t afford the inflated summer break costs.Breaks up longest term.

  16. smelly1968

    Locallearning2 SchoolsImprove so agree more tears, tantrums illness at end of term. Children need break to recover

  17. Dianne_Khan

    SchoolsImprove School holidays are the least of vulnerable children’s problems. It a huge issue that goes way beyond school gates.

  18. KateMrsnash

    SchoolsImprove what kind of messed up world do we live in where this is an issue or suitable for a poll? We need prevention not crisis mgt

  19. ronymgarcia

    KateMrsnash SchoolsImprove absolutely! So what is the Q?shame that many still see sch as babysitters/parking space 2cover lack services

  20. MsTick68

    SchoolsImprove KateMrsnash There is a need for affordable, inclusive summer playschemes on school premises, run by statutory services

  21. MsTick68

    SchoolsImprove KateMrsnash We already have shorter holidays than many countries with better education & welfare outcomes.

  22. KateMrsnash

    MsTick68 SchoolsImprove quite – this is just another way of allowing govt to pass the buck. They rely too heavily on public good will

  23. MsTick68

    KateMrsnash SchoolsImprove Example- no all day holiday playscheme able to meet Small’s needs in Brighton. Luckily I can work from home.

  24. MsTick68

    KateMrsnash SchoolsImprove Most people can’t. An example of why families with disabled kids are financially worse off- parents can’t work.

  25. jeografy

    SchoolsImprove
    I’m sorry, but teachers seriously need this time 2 get their lives back, & their kids, & their family who’ve been neglected

  26. jeografy

    SchoolsImprove
    I’m sorry, but teachers seriously need this time 2 get their lives back, & their kids, & their family who’ve been neglected

  27. emmanegushi11

    SchoolsImprove any holiday is too long for the well being of vulnerable children…even a weekend or a night is too long! #whatcanwedo

  28. emmanegushi11

    SchoolsImprove any holiday is too long for the well being of vulnerable children…even a weekend or a night is too long! #whatcanwedo

  29. SallyHoward3

    SchoolsImprove too long is just the summer issue! Too infrequent is the other. Time for a four /five term year please. It will help us all

  30. This Government thinks it is the parent of all children in this country and would like to have them all under its care from 8am-6pm 365 days a year. It seems to think that parents are incapable beings that do not want to give any care or attention to their children. It tries to force all mothers back to work, and then wonders why the children aren’t looked after properly in school holidays (because mums can’t be at work and at home at the same time, and jobs which are term time only are few and far between).  Encourage mothers to stay at home and family life and society will benefit all round.

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