School Terms – A break though

Today at the Children’s Schools and Families OSC, Agenda item 10 (Click HERE) was a report on the subject of school term times. If you remember this was one of the issues that I had campaigned to be reviewed. To refresh yourselves click HERE. This is an issue that is long over due a review as I have pointed out in my earlier blog post.
From the report this undertaking is huge and costly. I argued that just because the issue is not easy, we should not shy away from it. My personal feeling is this does not have the higher political will to change. In an ideal world it would be, but as we all know this is not an ideal world. I also believe that this issue needs to be tackled on a national scale as that is where the real change can take place.
What did have unanimous support was for a more fixed time for the Easter Break, or what many others call the Spring Break. We all know that the Easter Break is never the same year after year. The two Chairman of the Association of Primary and Secondary Schools fully supported this, as they had long argued for this to be standardised. Even that is not as easy as just fixing dates are we will have to talk to out neighbours in Devon to make sure it’s workable for those close to the border. In the past different term dates have caused much confusion and complaints when these are not closely aligned.
Now the work will start by talking to the other Authorities to look into the details and implementation of this idea.  I am glad a more fixed date for the term and the spring break as this would be of greater benefit to our children and allow people to plan their lives better.

For me, this is just the start of the review and will still argue for changes that are more in keeping with the world we live in today.


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