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Council may abandon school holiday changes

Friday June 10 2016

Planned changes to school holidays could be axed Planned changes to school holidays could be axed

PLANNED changes to school holidays from 2017/2018 may be abandoned by the council in a surprising U-turn. 

A statement from Coun Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People, said: “In response to concerns we have had about the consultation process and the change of position by some of our consulted partners, we now propose to our Cabinet that the school holiday arrangements for 2017/18 do not change, thereby leaving the longer summer holiday in place.

“We feel we’re unable to rely solely on the Schools Consultative Committee process as a basis for deciding school holidays. We’ll undertake a wider consultation during the school year 16/17 on proposals for any future changes from 2018 onwards. The arrangements for the consultation will be set out and published at the start of the new school year.”

The original plan was to cut the summer break to four weeks and four days, with an extra week added in October.

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Reply Posted by Victoria Greenwood on Friday June 10 2016 at 10:42
There does not appear to have been any consultation with parents regarding these proposed holiday changes and I for one cannot see any benefit to a shorter summer holiday. I am pleased the council is reverting back to the original holidays.

Reply Posted by Paula Gorman-Jones on Friday June 10 2016 at 10:50
Having a longer summer means that my hubby has got a better chance of booking a weeks holiday in work to spend some quality time with our daughter and have a holiday with her.
With a short summer, this may have not been possible and the longer holiday in a cold and probably rainy October would've just meant our daughter spending most of her time indoors instead of outside in the fresh air.

Reply Posted by Roy Vaughan on Friday June 10 2016 at 11:08
So common sense has prevailed after all. Good.

Reply Posted by feed back on Friday June 10 2016 at 11:55
why not listen to parents and teacher feed back. Just a idea! Then put it to some sort of vote.
parents and teachers should be involved in every step of the proposed plans being how it will have the most impact on them. Its just been a other Barnsley back slapping council fiasco again.

Reply Posted by Dawn Wright on Friday June 10 2016 at 12:28
I'm pleased to hear that the planned changes have now been abandoned. These changes would have created so many problems for teachers, pupils and their families.

Reply Posted by Claire on Friday June 10 2016 at 13:05
So glad the council look like they are going to stay with the normal holiday pattern. The high school my son attends is an academy and were planning to stick to the traditional holidays potentially leaving me with kids off school at different times.

Reply Posted by Diane on Friday June 10 2016 at 16:27
Well i think schools should be like everywhere else and be open 51 weeks a year closed for Christmas, and get 4 weeks to use as an when for teachers and children end of problem...... but the teachers will have to work like the rest of society and the unions wont have that. Wish we all had unions, after two weeks at home kids get board and it takes them an age to get back to where they were.

Reply Posted by Ada Nuff on Tuesday June 14 2016 at 22:06
Diane! Why not have schools open 52 weeks a year, 24/7 - you could pop in and se your kids sometime. You wouldn't have to take any responsibility for your children getting bored if they are at home on holiday, poor little things. End of problem.

Reply Posted by sweet on Friday June 10 2016 at 17:34
barnsley council are nothing but cowards backing down to people ... 6 weeks is too long at least change it so familys can have cheaper holidays abroad

Reply Posted by Alan B on Friday June 10 2016 at 19:07
I think that Cheetham fella should have a good look at himself and ask whether he is the right man for the job.

Reply Posted by Jon on Saturday June 11 2016 at 23:28

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday June 15 2016 at 08:07
Sack him and thrash him i say

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday June 10 2016 at 22:29
Why on earth did they interfere without consultation in the first place. They offered no logical reason for the change.
Parents should not be consulted regarding school holidays. It is the responsibility of parents to look after their children at all times. NOT teachers. Teachers are there to educate not babysit.
This was not an issue when I was a child and it shouldn't be now.
Consultations around school holidays/closures etc should be done in the best interest of the children's education including course deadlines and exams. Not based around cheaper holidays.

Reply Posted by Jon on Friday June 10 2016 at 23:37
Note the words "may" and "proposal", even if you think there is merit in having a shorter summer holiday why would anyone possibly think the first week in November is a good alternative. The limited options on holiday destinations at that time of year are but one point, how about families having to pay extra child care bills near Christmas. What are they going to do if parents and teachers have booked holidays already, stupidity turns to chaos.

Reply Posted by Robdought on Saturday June 11 2016 at 15:07
Barnsley Council have finally be rumbled about the way they say we have consulted with the parents and schools and relevant people concerned.

What it says to me that ALL the important decisions are made by a few top council officers and the nodding Councillors just rubber stamp there decisions for there brown envelopes.

Also Mr Cheetham you should stand down you have shown how incompetent you are in this postion.

Reply Posted by Darfield Tyke on Sunday June 12 2016 at 10:05
What another COCK-UP, from Hopeless Labour Council!!! Will there be a resignation? OF COURSE NOT USELESS , UNFIT FOR PURPOSE.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday June 15 2016 at 08:06
they are fools of the highest order says the reaper .

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday June 15 2016 at 08:05
Another fine mess you got me into Stanley !!!!!

Reply Posted by donna on Wednesday June 15 2016 at 12:10
They should be shorter 6 weeks in a row is way too long kids are bourd. So they start hanging around being mischief's. Working parents find it hard to get the same weeks off. Its nothing to do with cheaper holidays.