Kent School Exchanges Shorter School Day for Longer School Holidays

Chiddingstone Primary School near Tonbridge in Kent is creating a way for pupils to spend a little longer in school each day, in exchange for two weeks extra holiday over the course of the school year. The change has been brought about as a way of helping parents to afford cheaper holidays.

Both staff and parents have agreed on the new term structure – which sees pupils spending an extra 20 minutes in school each day – so that pupils will be able to take two weeks off instead of just one, during the May and October half-term holiday breaks.

Holidays are getting more and more expensive, particularly during school holidays, and parents are facing increasingly strict rules about when they can and cannot take their children on holiday.

According to the law, children can only be taken out of school during term time in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and could face a £60 fine otherwise, which doubles if not paid within three weeks.

When factored into the average school week, 20 minutes extra a day will not seem like a major change, however, that extra week of holiday could give both parents and children some much needed time off. This seems like a recipe for success, particularly when you consider the fact that the cost of such holidays will not be as high in the second week.

Fine Increase in Poor Attendance

holiday In order to combat pupil absences over the past few years, the government has implemented a fine for extremely poor school attendance.

The fines are in place to avoid absconding and to ensure that children have equal chances to an education.

However, the fines not only target absconding children but also parents who want to take their child on holiday slightly before the term has finished.

This is due to prices for holidays rocketing to a high during peak times, which are the school holidays.

The ban has drawn opposition from parents, with hundreds of thousands signing petitions against the new rules and calling for the government to take action against holiday companies who raise their prices at peak times.

moneyParents are fined £60 per child per period of absence which will rise to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Many parents oppose this new harsh system, as these absences will include any term time holidays that the parents may choose to take.

“Family holidays are just as important to children as school. A happy child will get their work done better.

“This shouldn’t be treated the same as persistent truancy.”

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