School Term Times

Today a bit of a break though happened at the Children’s Schools and Family Committee. Namely,  I got the current term times to be added to the forward plan (the future work). The proposal I made was as follows

To review the current dates and length of school terms with regard to the relevance and impact on local families, and to consider proposals to change the number, length and dates of term times for this Authority.

This was seconded by Cllr Tamsin Williams. All but one of the Committee voted in favour of this. Now, nothing is going to happen over night. In fact the term times might not change, but what will happen is that a full detailed investigation will take place on this issue. I am really pleased this has happened. Many parents have approached me on this matter. Even a few teachers have. What I am hoping for is a open debate talking to all parties that could be affected asking for their opinions. Once that has taken place a report will be written with the findings, and if required, a recommendation will be made to Council/Cabinet

I believe the last time this was discussed was over 40 years ago (it maybe even longer). The world and family life has moved on greatly. Its about time this was at least looked into.

Here are Cllr Steve Double views. Special thanks to him for helping in getting this through


  • Anonymous

    Sad, I shall surely shed a tear. My own children would very much NOT like this to happen!!

  • Chrissy

    So, how would the school year ideally be broken down? Obviously with an end to the long summer holidays, (hoorah!) but how would the school year ideally be structured?

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    Chrissy, Not sure what the outcome will be, or how the term will, but we have to have the full review first.

  • Chris Ridgers

    Interesting article about school terms by Philip Collins in today's Times.

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    Chris, what did it say? Can you keep the article?

  • Chrissy

    Cllr Steve Double's blog has some very good points for term changes. Personally, as a mother, I would like to see the summer term extended by two weeks, one either side of the half term, for many various reasons, not just reducing the time the children are home in the summer. But of course, change has a dominoe effect… Good luck with the review.

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