Barnsley Council’s plan to reduce summer holiday is back

Barnsley Council has reopened the school holiday debate by announcing a public consultation around the school holiday pattern. The council’s preferred option is to cut the school summer break to five weeks and add another week in October.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) which represents teachers throughout Barnsley welcomes the decision of Barnsley Council to open a full public consultation which takes place between 7 Nov to 2 Dec 2016.  The latest round of consultation follows the withdrawal of similar proposals last summer following widespread opposition from parents and teachers.

Nicola Fitzpatrick, Barnsley NUT Division Secretary said;

“The changing of school holiday dates will create chaos for parents as it could result in parents having their children on holiday at different times depending on whether they attend a council run school or one run by an academy trust”

“Whilst welcoming the consultation it is clearly being rushed through in a matter of weeks and we think the timescale is clearly insufficient for a proper consultation to take place”

“The Council claim that they have a wealth of research demonstrating the adverse effects of long summer breaks upon children’s learning, however most existing research in this area relates to the USA where the summer breaks lasts up to 3 months. However they have failed to publish this research or demonstrate why shortening the school holidays is in the interests of pupils or their education”


Please can you:

  1. Call a meeting of NUT members in your school.
  2. Download the NUT voting sheet to record your member’s votes.
  3. Bring the voting sheet to a meeting at the NUT office on Wednesday 23rd November at 4:30

If you are unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday 23rd November please contact Emma Hardy ASAP to arrange an alternative.

07341 561566

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