Readers back idea of a shorter summer holiday for Norfolk schools

Norfolk families could have a shorter summer holiday in the future. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos. Norfolk families could have a shorter summer holiday in the future. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Monday, March 10, 2014
10:00 AM

Our readers have narrowly backed the idea of a shorter summer holiday for Norfolk schools, after headteachers revealed they were considering re-organising the school year.

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Primary and secondary headteachers, and college principals, have set up a working group to examine moving from a three-term to a six-term school year, with the summer holiday cut from six to four weeks, and holidays between terms lengthened.

Nearly 650 readers took part in our online poll, with 54% backing a shorter summer holiday, and 45% against.

Education minister and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said the proposal was “interesting”, and added: “When students start again in September, because they have been on holiday they can have lost some of the learning they have had over the previous year.”

She also said that if the county’s school holidays were staggered with those elsewhere in the country, holiday costs could fall.

Many readers commented on our website. Norfolk John said: “School holidays are far too long. Two weeks at Christmas, a week at Easter and two weeks in the summer, with a further two weeks that can be taken anytime would be ideal. That’s still seven weeks a year and would stop parents and teachers moaning about the cost of package holidays during the school holidays.”

So_Many_Haters! said: “Of course, it won’t make any difference to the holiday prices - companies will look at when the shifted high-demand is and make sure they charge twice as much for that period. Plus, it’ll reduce the period of choice for parents to take their kids anywhere, leading to a tighter squeeze on prices and availability, probably leading to even higher prices.”

Does the long summer holiday affect you? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

9 comments

  • Now let us hear from the pupils! School holidays were never for the staff and one would expect the unions to attempt to renegotiate salaries if the overall length of vacation is reduced. School holidays were set in line with those of public schools which were set around Parliamentary breaks and the university terms. Although children may have helped with harvests during school holidays this was not an over riding factor since most children left school at 12. I was under the impression that many professions have in service training, safety training and testing and that employers in many fields regularly refresh training. Frankly I really enjoyed all of my long school vacs and would hate to have missed them.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • "... I suggest that you stand outside your nearest school next time there is a training day...." . That may be the sort of weirdo stalking you indulge in , but the rest of us are not crazed teacher haters.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • V your prejudice is showing. Teachers do not get days " off" for in service training. They are present in the workplace or at training venues and it is the children who have the time off. If the government and examination boards keep whipping out changes it cannot always be feasible to have training days for all staff during the longer vacations. Why not turn your eye to the police service, which has pretty much escaped the attentions of ministers out to score political points. When is the last time you saw the inadequacies of an individual policeman exposed by an inspecting body in the same way as headteachers and individual teachers in small schools who are easily identified from Ofsted reports. And the police get paid in service training too-when they will not be doing their normal duties. Only difference is that parents don't have to look after their own kids because of it.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • I always thought we had short Summer holidays compared to other countries so why are we looking to reduce ours? Maybe it is a good way to keep them inside more? School is long enough as it is.

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    JohnnyH

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • "....If the teachers are as intelligent as they like to make out, there is no need for training....". Presumably you apply the same barking mad logic to doctors. If they are so smart....why bother to train them ? I assume you are on the EDP payroll....nothing else can explain your presence here John and the constant stream of half witted wind ups .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Poor V ....get help mate!!

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Quite right to. Shorter holidays are required and no more so called "Baker days". If the teachers are as intelligent as they like to make out, there is no need for training.

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    "V"

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Morning Larson., No I do not. You dont hear of doctors etc getting as many days off for so called "training" as you do the teachers. I suggest that you stand outside your nearest school next time there is a training day and see just how many teachers actually turn up or request a freedom of information act request, if none turn up as to where the "training" was held and what it was about. I will bet it is just another day off for the poor hard worked oppressed teachers, with the backing from their useless union.

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    "V"

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Daisy. try telling that to the teachers in the Yarmouth, gorleston area. Every time there is a so called training day, you can see them in Yarmouth or Gorleston. So much for training. Larson. Try driving past and see the lack of cars in the car park.

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    "V"

    Monday, March 10, 2014

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