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WAB DEBATE: School holiday change

Monday March 28 2016


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COUNCIL BOSSES have approved a change to school holidays.

From September 2017, kids who learn at council-controlled schools will be given four weeks and four days off in the summer, with an extra week in October.

The move abandons the traditional six week summer holiday.

What do you think to the move WABers? Will it help you as a parent? Do you think it will affect your child's education? Do kids deserve more time off or less? Leave your comments below.

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Reply Posted by Sharon on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:10
I personally think this is fab news summer holidays far too long and expensive,kids get bored so easily after a few weeks. As from an educational side it can only benefit the pupils 6 weeks without any educational input is costly to some kids, thinks taught before holidays is easily forgotten

Reply Posted by Vicky on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:12
I personally think yes summer holidays is too long but I do think they should get longer at Christmas the six week holidays do defiantly need breaking up a little

Reply Posted by Susannah on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:17
Changing the holidays is a good thing, but it needs to be national staggering. Extra weeks in October isn't really that good, it means any holidays would need to be to further afield for nice weather. im not sure the October holiday is the one that needs to be longer!

Reply Posted by Betty on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:28
I believe that the kids need a summer break and yes 4 weeks is OK. If your going to give them enough 2 weeks some where else like an extra week at easter and at Christmas.

Reply Posted by Nannabeth on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:28
Why not an extra week at Spring Bank when the weather is (hopefully) better? An extra week off in October just looks like they are trying to save on fuel bills.

Reply Posted by Bev on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:35
So what happens if you have one child at council run school and the other at a different one (I presume Academy's aren't council run?), and they have different holidays? Why on earth have an extra week in october, cold weather, it would've been better tagging onto Spring bank when the majority of families would prefer to go away. Did they consult parents on these changes at all?

Reply Posted by hayley on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:41
Has nobody thought about the fact that now people are all going to be fighting for the same 4 weeks of the year off work instead of 6 now which means everyone has less chance of being able to book their holidays in the summer holidays to spend with their children. This is in turn going to make it even more difficult for parents to take their children away during the summer holidays which will result in more unauthorised in term holidays instead. I work with 20 other people who all have kids of school age and we can only have 2 people on holiday in any given week which means some of us are going to miss out on time with our kids. Don't know about anyone else but I personally don't want to go away when the weather is miserable and cold in October.

Reply Posted by P.Crofts on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:45
This can't happen,already you have got to fit your Holiday's into a 6 week space,with most of them weeks being the highest rates to pay,more and more Parents will keep their kids off school to go on Holiday...or is that the idea get more Fines in and boost the bank balance,why fix something that isn't broken.

Reply Posted by Sue on Monday March 28 2016 at 16:46
I think the second week should be at Spring Bank too. I think people should have had a say, not just a small group deciding. Schools weren't consulted.

Reply Posted by Guy on Monday March 28 2016 at 17:01
So this won't apply to academies and they all will be them soon

The Autumn term is the longest so it makes sense to have it during October it's about benefits to the children not when the weather is mild

Reply Posted by me on Monday March 28 2016 at 17:08
What possible benefit is there from having to stay inside all week because the weather is shocking? There are no indoor places for kids to be anymore and if they loiter around shopping centres and other such places they are soon told to move,

Reply Posted by Jackie on Monday March 28 2016 at 17:07
I think its good idea .kids get. Bored


Reply Posted by Dominic on Monday March 28 2016 at 17:28
I think they or to do academy's too it will be loads better for kids from been bored

Reply Posted by Louise on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:03
This is a brill idea. My kids get board after four week off and are ready to go back to school. What ever the council decide to do some one will be unhappy. As if they are going to work round the weather to decide when is best for them to have time off

Reply Posted by Mandeep on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:11
I think it's brilliant

Reply Posted by sarah cochrane on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:22
They should leave holidays as they are stop messing kids about it's always been like that why change it x

Reply Posted by gareth on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:39
No good for people taking their children on holidays though is it?

Reply Posted by Gareth on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:42
Also no good if its hot and we send our kids to school in it besides I think they are far too overworked already with pressures of exams, SATs and peer pressure

Reply Posted by Paul on Monday March 28 2016 at 18:43
Too reyt my 9 year old gets fedup wi in 2 weeks.

Reply Posted by john on Monday March 28 2016 at 19:12
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes cant wait for that to come. the missus will be rollin

Reply Posted by Nicola Whitham on Monday March 28 2016 at 19:33
I think it would be a great idea having less holidays in the summer as my children get fed up especially my little girl as she misses school. It would also help in childcare as well.

Reply Posted by Hayley on Monday March 28 2016 at 19:46
Will this affect acadamy run schools ....

Reply Posted by ronnie on Monday March 28 2016 at 20:22
Why cant secondary schools work 9-5 and give the kids the same number of holidays as working patents it would ready them for work and keep them under control no one would have to fight over time off work and our kids would be better educated

Reply Posted by Jayne Walker on Monday March 28 2016 at 20:43
Think the extra week would have been more beneficial at either Christmas, Easter or Even Springbank not miserable October?

Reply Posted by Chris on Monday March 28 2016 at 20:50
Brilliant idea in my view six weeks is far too long children get board very Easley and it's very difficult to entertain them all the time unless ur rolling in money which at this time is a very difficult time for every body

Reply Posted by mark lawton on Monday March 28 2016 at 20:57
Great news.
i take my kids out of school for 3 weeks in june to tie in with my work commitments anyway. This will help our family loads.

Reply Posted by Bethany davison on Monday March 28 2016 at 21:11
It's not fair we should have the 6 week we get we spend all our life's at school and weekend away... You can't take our freedom away from us

Reply Posted by Hannah on Monday March 28 2016 at 21:22
If things do have to change extra time at Christmas would be good not in October just after the summer holidays!

Reply Posted by David castle on Monday March 28 2016 at 21:35
This is bloody outrageous.Why should they get less time off because of decisions made by the council! This should be run by the schools and all should agree just one stupid head teacher decided it doesn't mean it should happen the queen and government have to decide not the flipping council.If your kids get bored then do something with them instead of laying around all day.My kids should be able to have a relaxing holiday and if you put homework in there its being ridiculous

Reply Posted by Bethany on Monday March 28 2016 at 22:20
As a student, I personally think that this is a bad idea and that school holidays should stick to how they already are. Six weeks is the perfect amount of time to help to have a good time over the summer and prepare for the year ahead and even catch up on school work whilst still have the time to spend time with friends and on holiday. In regards to the added length to October holidays, all half term holidays are 1 week and there shouldn't be an out of place extra week in October. Even so why not place it during spring where the weather is warmer and the holidays can be more enjoyable.

Reply Posted by ann driver on Monday March 28 2016 at 22:58
6 weeks is far too long and children are bored so easily

Reply Posted by Sofia on Monday March 28 2016 at 23:11
This is not a good idea as in the summer holidays what happence if you go on holaday in 234 week it not fair as I might of paid for my child to go on holiday and this is not fair as some school has longer of I will be not happy

Reply Posted by Owenhirst on Monday March 28 2016 at 23:12
We deserve a break

Reply Posted by trumpkin on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 00:26
uhM CAN YOU NOT.
This is ridiculous, goodbye.

Reply Posted by Niall Corker on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 00:30
I think this idea is a stupid idea to be honest, there is not a good reason to take 2 weeks off of a traditional break that everyone is used to. There is no need to change it, all this is going to do is make students from council schools very sad and angry which can cause them to not perform well at school. Taking these 2 weeks off if the holiday needs to be cancelled because it's stupid. Children want to spend time with their family and you are reducing the time they get to spend with them in the best holiday of the year. It would be ok if you reduced it down to 5 weeks but not 4 weeks. I don't see the point in doing this if I am honest. It's a stupid idea that will sadden lots of children.

Reply Posted by mememachine on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 00:33
nice joke sorry gotta zayn

Reply Posted by geeses on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 00:36
'kids are bored easily' well i'd rather be bored than want to kill myself every second at school so thanks babes

Reply Posted by Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya De La Rosa Ramirez on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 00:40
you'll ruin our MEMEories (ha h a ha ha)

Reply Posted by Julia Davison on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 07:05
Why don't people READ what the article says? The holiday will be reduced to 5 weeks in essence, 4 weeks and 4 days, the other day being most probably an Inset Day. As a retired teacher, Spring Bank would be a much better solution for the extra week. I worked in a church school and the governors always opted for this week and 5 in the summer.

Reply Posted by James on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 07:07
Yes I think 6 weeks are far too long and extra week in spring bank and christmas much better idea as long as the hoilday company's dut put the prices up on hoilday just cause kids are off school

Reply Posted by aj on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 07:11
Everyone Is on about the 4 week summer break but we all know it will be 5 week. It states 4 week 4 days so an inset day will be used to make it 5. Kids at one time use to get 2 week at spring bank, so why not there.

Reply Posted by Maths teacher on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 07:26
As a teacher I think that 4 on, 1 off throughout the academic year would be most advantageous, with the remaining weeks during the summer and possibly extra days at Christmas. I also think that summer school for children and their parents would be beneficial, especially considering that most comments on this article lack even the basic punctuation expected of a seven year old. Full stops and capital letters are not optional. Of the comments I have read, the most articulate was written by a student. Clearly education works!

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 17:13
Dear Maths teacher...(4 on, 1 off)...is the use of numerals in a literary paragraph acceptable these days?
Shame you concentrated your efforts solely on numbers, and neglected the Grammar!

Reply Posted by Haha on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 17:54
Well they do teach Maths not English!

Reply Posted by Steven on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 09:14
In my opinion I think that this isn't a good idea as the students need at break and morjority of the time kids can't go on holiday in the school time but cutting down on holidays is rediculous

Reply Posted by Gareth Paul Taylor on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 09:31
My instant reaction is that I hope this doesn't throw the timetables of peripatetic teachers such as myself into turmoil. I have spent nearly all my working life working as a peripatetic music teacher and musician in primary schools. It is already interesting enough trying to get one's head around holidays when for instance faith schools choose to fall in line with the liturgical calendar and state schools don't.

This new measure will further throw things into turmoil. What of my schools more independent of state control? What of my faith schools? What of the 2 schools I work at in the Wakefield authority?

I am very grateful to get the holidays I do working within education, and I can cope with staggered holidays on a personal level but what of my wife and children? When will we get clear weeks to go away on holiday rather than have to stick around in Barnsley because 1 or 2 of my schools are still operating while the rest are on their break?

Reply Posted by Tracey smith on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 09:54
Yes I think it is a gd idea cz children get bored parents run out of money too take em places also I believe children need a gd education n six woks of causes a lot of confrontations when bk t Skwl afta a six wk break ( getting them bk in routine and also doing homework ) maybe an xtra wk of at Christmas time would be nice x

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 10:09
Agree with shorter summer but would definitely prefer longer for may halfterm to break up the two longest halfterms...another week off in october is a bit pointless unless you can afford somewhere hot!

Reply Posted by catherine on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 10:36
I'm inclined to agree with Beth, changing certain schools is going to cause massive problems for families that have children attending more than one school.
The 6 weeks holidays are a tradition I personally would like to keep. Regardless of it being a nightmare workwise, the overall holidays are still going to be the same length so the problems will just continue throughout the year instead of the main bulk being in the summer.

Reply Posted by Jacob on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 10:39
I totally agree with David.You cant do this it is not your decision to make but the queen and government.Many kids will have them time off
anyway by skiving or something.stupid ideas by stupid people.

Reply Posted by mel on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 10:44
Would be a good idea if they weren't trying to make all schools academies, therefore these holidays wouldn't apply!

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 12:44
Two weeks in October is rubbish, give the kids another week when the weather is better.

Reply Posted by Louise on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 13:11
Its funny that so many of the people complaining here are doing so with poor english and grammar. Perhaps they themselves took too many holidays when they were at school?
Learn to spell folks...Your children need your help!

Reply Posted by kathleen on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 15:59
seeing as all schools will be Academies before long the council wont own them

Reply Posted by Ruby on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 16:42
This is absolutely ridiculous! One one will ever follow this! I personally don't understand how the council can do this without asking the people it affects. No my opinion they will never get away with this. Children will rebel against this and will make their behaviour worse. Nowadays children are put under so much pressure with GCSE's they need the time to relax and enjoy themselves and adding 2 extra weeks in October is the worse time the mornings get darker and colder! Children want to be off when the weather is warmer and days are nicer! This is absolutely ridiculous!

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 17:05
My opinion is, kids should only be allowed holidays during winter, or other times when the weather is bad! This way, they may be more inclined to stay INDOORS and harass their parents, instead of (at the first glimpse of sunshine), gathering in "gangs" and bothering the rest of us with their inconsiderate, out of control behaviour!
Picture the poor parents....having their episode of Jeremy Kyle interrupted by their brats, when they could be outdoors upsetting someone else!
Alternatively, send them all to prison for 50% of their holidays, to prime them for their future lives, should they continue along their chosen paths.
Or, we should perhaps consider allowing the kids to enjoy their holidays, whilst sending some of the parents BACK to school?
Because, judging by the illiteracy of some of the parent's comments in this section...the poor kids have no chance!

Reply Posted by Kate on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 18:35
Excellent idea. Makes it easier for parents and gives kids the break they need without getting out of school habits. I hope this happens.

Reply Posted by nicola holling on Tuesday March 29 2016 at 21:36
I think 6 weeks is too long but don't think 4weeks and 4 days is much better and why have a single day back at school. Why not have 5 weeks of school and 2weeks off all year then everyone will be able to have 2weeks holidays without paying a premium and be able to sort child care much easier. After 5weeks at school kids are ready for a break and after 2weeks off most will be ready to go back to school. Don't think you really need more than 3weeks at a time.

Reply Posted by Kirsty wilkinson on Wednesday March 30 2016 at 07:58
Great for the summer but an extra week in October is not great. Should be Spring bank when the weather us better

Reply Posted by Cherry on Monday June 6 2016 at 23:11
Pointless decision. Summer holidays are the only uninterrupted time I get with my kids, and the council want to take it away like they take all my other liberties away! Parents and teachers HAVE NOT been consulted in this decision, no matter what BMBC claim!