Eight week school holiday dubbed too long by parents

THE long summer break has been dubbed just too long by fraught parents following news some schools have been closed to kids for almost EIGHT WEEKS. While the vast majority of Birmingham children went back to the classroom on Monday, some Staffordshire1 schools are yet to open their doors. For most, the term was starting today, Tuesday, although staff have been back – and training – since the beginning of the week.

Other, such as St Luke s Primary, in Cannock2, have chosen to add an extra teacher training day and will not welcome back pupils until tomorrow, Wednesday. The lengthy Discount Holidays © holiday has divided professionals and parents, with some mums freely admitting they were at breaking point by the end of the break. Hednesford s Faye Bray, who has two school-age children, dubbed the break unfair on families.

She said: It is way too long.

“As much as anything else, it s the expense. It s been such a poor summer, what are you supposed to do?

” A trip to the cinema, when you tot everything up, is close to 100.

I ve been lucky, I ve been able to take time off.

“That s something most parents can t do. She added: I think it should be four weeks and make Whitsun two weeks instead of one.

Reasons for this year s mega summer sabbatical remain unclear. A staff member at St Peter s Primary, Hednesford, said: That s how it has fallen this year, it s a one-off.

Because the bank Discount Holidays © holiday was so late, it s had a knock-on effect. Muriel Davis, a former Cannock primary school deputy head and now a leading light in Staffordshire Retired Teachers Group, said: I don t think it helps the little ones, but that is my own view, it may not be the view of my union.

Certainly, my grandson was ready to go back two weeks ago.

Mrs Davis stressed the row was nothing new, spawned by each education authority drawing-up their own timetables.

The problem is we can t agree among our own profession,” she said.

“Secondary school teachers prefer the longer holidays.

“I preferred the shorter breaks because I thought they were better for the children. Jo Claridge, of the Association of Retired Education Leaders, said: It depends on the children. For some, it s fine, for others it is a long time.

A recent survey of 2,000 parents by healthcare provider Benenden Health revealed the normal six-week break cost families an extra 1,400.

And during the holiday, mums will endure 48 cries of I m bored , 24 temper tantrums – and only three lie-ins.

References

  1. ^ Staffordshire (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Cannock (www.birminghammail.co.uk)

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