BARNSLEY COUNCIL has confirmed the term times and holiday dates for the 2017/2018 academic year, with key changes made.

2017/2018 will see a shorter summer break - reduced to four weeks and four days - and a two week break at October half-term.

October half-term in 2017 will run from Monday, 23 October to Friday, 3 November.

The summer holiday in 2018 will run from Tuesday, 31 July.

The council says the changes follow consultation with neighbouring South Yorkshire authorities, and trade union/teacher associations as well as further feedback and comments received from head teachers.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “The main differences to this year’s dates from previous years - the shorter summer break and a two week break at October half-term - will support educational outcomes for pupils by reducing the long summer break which can lead to learning loss. It also means that holiday weeks are distributed more evenly throughout the school year.”

Governors of voluntary aided schools and academies are responsible for determining their own dates.