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School holidays to stay the same following consultation

Wednesday February 1 2017

Barnsley Council's cabinet will be asked to approve the recommendation next Wednesday Barnsley Council's cabinet will be asked to approve the recommendation next Wednesday

SCHOOL holidays are set to stay the same for at least the next three years after a public consultation found that people in Barnsley are in favour of sticking to the traditional six week summer break.

The council’s cabinet members will be asked to approve a recommendation to continue with the traditional pattern of school term and holiday dates for the academic year 2018-2019 at their meeting next Wednesday.

It follows a public consultation on proposals for changes to holidays, which ran for six weeks during November and December last year.

The council suggested three options, including two weeks in October and a five week summer break, sticking to the traditional long summer break or a fixed Easter holiday.

A total of 2,308 people responded to the online consultation.

Of these, 1276 (55.29 per cent) were in favour of the traditional pattern, 772 (33.45 per cent) were in favour of the summer/October split and 260 (11.27 per cent) for a fixed Easter.

However, analysis of the results showed a different preference between school staff and parents.

According to the survey, school staff preferred to continue with the current long summer pattern, while a slight majority of the parent/carer group indicated they were in favour of a change.

The position will be reviewed in three years’ time.

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Reply Posted by Wodger Wabbit on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 09:41
Once again Barnsley Council give teachers 3 months off a year while the rest of us are lucky to get 4 weeks. Why do teachers get such a cushy life when the rest of us are struggling. It's not as if it's that difficult a job and even on the few days you do any work you get to knock off at 3.30 every afternoon!

Reply Posted by Bing on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:48
They can't win sometimes. They propose changes to spread the holidays and people whinge about it. They listen to what people want and change the decision and people whinge about it.

Reply Posted by As if... on Friday February 3 2017 at 12:27
I am a teacher... Let me know where you work during the 6 weeks holidays and I will bring you a cup of tea. Not doing anything else anyway. Here's a though, why don't you go to uni, train to be a teacher, then you can live this 'cushy' lifestyle like all of us. Providing you have the qualifications to go to uni, or the qualifications to do A Levels... If not, I am sure it was all your teachers fault??? 3.30??? Don't be daft, most schools finish between 2pm and 3pm now. Please enjoy your day.

Reply Posted by Spelling police on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 17:22
As if - Please don't try and make someone look stupid and then use the wrong words in your sentences. This only makes you look stupid.

Reply Posted by Mmmm on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 12:08
O wow! You have opened a can of worms? If you are not happy with you lot. Retrain to be a teacher and get all the "Perks" they get? Spit on, called disgusting names, sworn at? Kicked, punched. Need I go on. I wouldn't have their job for a thousand pound an hour thank you very much.

Reply Posted by Ginger on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:10
Well said!!

Reply Posted by The Teacher on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 17:24
Mmmm- A thousand pound an hour? I'm not taking a pay cut for anyone!!!!!!

Reply Posted by The man with no face on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:21
I think they should make kids go to school threw the six week Hollidays and let them have rest of year of

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilda on Thursday February 2 2017 at 04:56
Seems appropriate on an education topic to point out that threw has been used wrongly in this context. Threw as in "I threw the ball" is incorrect. Should have said through as in through the 6 weeks.

Might have been better to say during the six weeks holiday.

Not here to criticise, just an opportunity to help people with common spelling and grammar errors.


Reply Posted by Status quo on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:36
I am glad the council have decided to keep the school holiday system. It works and it's good for the kids.

Reply Posted by Mjonrs on Saturday February 4 2017 at 18:59
Think if teachers get 6 weeks so should doctors nurses they have to work 52 weeks of the year

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