Schools, parents and other interested parties can now give their views on proposed school term and holidays dates for the academic years 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23.
Nottinghamshire County Council is undertaking a wide consultation to raise awareness of the options available and provide an opportunity for a varied range of people to contribute to the discussion.
The two options being considered are:
- Option 1 follows the current model which includes 6 weeks for the summer holidays and a fixed spring break (generally the first two weeks in April)
- Option 2 proposes for a slightly shorter 5 week summer holiday and a 2 week October half term break, with a fixed spring break (generally the first two weeks in April – the Easter break would remain the same year on year regardless of when it fell)
The main differences in the two models are that in Option 2:
- The summer holiday is approximately 1 week shorter (about 5 weeks)
- The October half term break is 2 weeks rather than 1 week
- Schools finish slightly later in the summer and start back a few days earlier in the Autumn term
Dates for the 2018/19 academic year have already been set so will not be affected by the outcome of the consultation.
Cllr Philip Owen, the county council’s children and young people’s committee chairman, said: “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.”
The consultation runs from 29 August 2017 to 5pm on 8 October 2017.
Following the consultation period, an analysis of the results will take place and recommendations of the preferred option will be presented for consideration at the Children and Young People’s Committee on 20 November 2017.
There may still be variations across the county as Foundation, Trust, Voluntary Aided schools and academies determine their own pattern of school term time and holidays. Individual schools, which are not maintained by the local authority, may choose to follow a pattern and/or specific dates that do not match those set by the County Council.
People can give their views via http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/holiday-consultation
People can also give their views by filling in a questionnaire which will be available at libraries across Nottinghamshire or by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org