Two primary schools to pioneer four week summer holiday

The BBC is reporting that two Lincolnshire schools say they have become the first in England to break away from the traditional summer term…

White’s Wood and Mercer’s Wood primary academies in Gainsborough break up on Thursday for a four-week holiday.

The school trust said the change would help improve learning and allow parents to take their children on holiday during off-peak times…

With the move, children will return from their summer break on 19 August.

Extra weeks will then be added to terms in September and November, along with two weeks in May.

Sharon Close, executive principal at Tall Oaks Academy Trust, which runs the schools, said: “It’s a big break and parents are telling us that, after four weeks, they would like their children to come into school, so we are responding to that.”

Some parents agreed with the shorter summer break because their children were often bored and it helped with childcare.

Others with children at different schools said the move would make things “awkward”…

More at: Lincolnshire primary schools ‘first to change term dates’

 

I am assuming where it says “Extra weeks will then be added to terms in September and November, along with two weeks in may…” it means extra weeks of holidays so the total amount of term time and holiday time stays the same.

Two questions here: do you think this could be a better model, in isolation, than the current one; and even if that is the case, how does it work in practice if other schools locally don’t follow suit?

Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

Would a shorter summer holiday with the extra weeks added back through the year be better?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove All decisions regarding schls should be made for ed reasons; when “cheaper holidays” reason is named it devalues whole thing

  2. Marplesmarbles

    itsmotherswork SchoolsImprove the same parents who enjoyed 6/7 weeks of the school holidays when they were children!

  3. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove and, for the record, as a then single and childless teacher I preferred it. I know was a big struggle for colleagues though

  4. BackInStudio54

    SchoolsImprove Children have so many weeks off in the year. I wouldn’t want the extra 2 weeks added back. Scrap the endless non pupil days

  5. sal1706

    SchoolsImprove Primary School is not a child care service. Children become exhausted and need time to be children, this makes childhood.

  6. There is plenty of evidence that the long holiday is bad for learning.
    Apparently it originated when children were needed to help with the harvest…

  7. roger_farley

    SchoolsImprove were slimming down to 5 weeks next year. Problem is synch with all the other schools in area for parents with multi schools

  8. TW

    While other schools have increased the summer break to seven weeks to provide families with the maximum possible time for finding an affordable holiday.

  9. cijane02

    ASTsupportAAli SchoolsImprove the long summer holidays will soon be a thing of the past…split into 2/3/4 week chunks throughout the year

  10. little_mavis

    cijane02 ASTsupportAAli SchoolsImprove I always loved the long summer holiday both as teacher & a parent, even before I started teaching

  11. Andy

    Idiotic. Thin end of the wedge – a few schools do it, then loads more do it; it becomes the norm. Then someone will say “hey, kids only need 10 weeks off a year, think of how much maths we can cram into 3 weeks to climb the international tables”. I would like to see some very ROBUST evidence that this is in the interest of children’s mental well being.

  12. jeografy

    SchoolsImprove
    You’ll lose your staff
    They need time to recharge
    Plan/prep for next year
    Stop pandering to lazy parents

  13. wraitken

    SchoolsImprove seriously? As a parent and teacher, get a grip! Childcare for teachers in different schools? I like my kids & time with them

  14. As a parent, I would hate to lose our long summer holiday. It is a chance for us all to recharge our batteries, spend time together as a family and do all the things that we don’t have time for in term time. Education didn’t suffer in past generations by having a long holiday, so why should it now?

  15. 767Maga

    sal1706 SchoolsImprove Well said Professor Lawson! Kids also need to spend some time w/family and relatives who live far away from them.

  16. VoluntaryAnarch

    SchoolsImprove seems like a sensible idea, I’d like to see if it affects educational outcomes.

  17. VoluntaryAnarch

    SchoolsImprove seems like a sensible idea, I’d like to see if it affects educational outcomes.

  18. VoluntaryAnarch

    SchoolsImprove seems like a sensible idea, I’d like to see if it affects educational outcomes.

  19. VoluntaryAnarch

    SchoolsImprove seems like a sensible idea, I’d like to see if it affects educational outcomes.

  20. WendyC116

    SchoolsImprove consider that teachers spend 2 weeks min prepping for new class, so also need a holiday! Selfish parents need to think!

  21. debbiewylie

    SchoolsImprove At my school we’ve been doing this since we opened 3 years ago! Fantastic attendance and parents staff and children love it!

  22. SianSteans

    itsmotherswork Nottm schools have 5 week summer 2 for Oct 1/2 term. I like having more time in autumn as 1st term back is intense & tiring.

  23. SianSteans

    itsmotherswork Nottm schools have 5 week summer 2 for Oct 1/2 term. I like having more time in autumn as 1st term back is intense & tiring.

  24. sequau

    WendyC116 it seems to be. In the USA June 2 out and August 6 return and I’m willing to wager…..ill prepared and happy to drop off.

  25. MyAuntyDoodoo

    SchoolsImprove it’s fine if you aren’t moving classrooms but I’ve been asked to move every yr and spend 10 days sorting it out!

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