BARNSLEY Council has reopened the school holiday debate by announcing new proposals that would shake-up the current system. 

Schools, parents and other interested parties will be invited to give their views on proposals for changes to school term and holidays dates for the 2018/19 school year. 

The consultation will be open from Monday, November 7 to Friday, December 2.

The council says that three options are being presented for consideration and feedback.

The first - the council's preferred option - is the proposal that was abandoned earlier this year, which will take a week off of the summer holidays, with an additional week being given in October.

The second option is to fix the Easter break on an annual basis, while the third is to stick to the current holiday system.

It follows planned changes to school holidays that were axed by the council earlier this year.

Councillors agreed in March to cut the summer break from six weeks to four weeks and four days, with an extra week added in October. Those changes were planned to be implemented from next year.

But, following a backlash from some headteachers, who said they had not been properly consulted over the changes, the decision was reversed.

Coun.Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “We want to hear the views of as many people as possible to ensure everyone affected by these proposed changes has an opportunity give their opinion and ensure the best possible educational outcome is achieved.

"Following the consultation period, an analysis of the results will take place and will be presented for consideration by Barnsley Council Cabinet members in February 2017.

"The adopted pattern will then be circulated to schools and other interested parties during March 2017, for implementation in the academic year 2018/19.

"There may still be variations across the borough as voluntary aided schools and academies determine their own pattern of school term time and holidays. These schools and academies will be included in the consultation process in order that dates are unified as far as possible across Barnsley."