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Why the six weeks holiday could be getting shorter

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Nottingham County Council are shaking up the six weeks holidays with plans to make them shorter.

The council are consulting with parents and schools about the changes, which could see the long summer holiday reduced to five weeks.

They have put forward two alternative plans for term dates, one of which has a reduced summer holiday but an extended October half-term.

The consultation runs until October and the preferred option will be put before the Children and Young People’s Committee on 20 November 2017.

So what are the options?

  • Option 1 includes six weeks for the summer holidays and a fixed spring break (generally the first two weeks in April).
  • Option 2 proposes for a slightly shorter five week summer holiday and a two week October half term break, with a fixed spring break.

Both options include a fixed Easter/spring break, which means the Easter break would remain the same year on year regardless of when it fell.

We want to hear the views of as many people as possible so that they have an opportunity to give their opinion and ensure the best possible educational outcome is achieved.

We have a duty to look at school holiday and term time dates for local authority maintained schools every three years so it is vital that pupils, parents, teachers, school governors and other interested parties play a role in determining the outcome going forward.

– Cllr Philip Owen

The consultation runs from 29 August 2017 to 5pm on 8 October 2017 and you can give your view here.