A School Plans All Inset Days In One Week To Allow Mid Term Holidays For Familes

17 July 2015

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A primary school in Wales has hit the headlines today with it's announcement that it will be having all of it's inset training days scheduled in one week next year, so that parents can take their children away for term time holidays.

The head of Eveswell Primary School in South Wales has said that this will allow families to take a cheaper term time holiday, and it is hoped that this will lessen the incidences of children being taken out of school for holidays. The headteacher Catherine Barnett said:

There will be five training days for staff where the school is closed to pupils. It has been decided to take these as one whole week with the hope that cheaper holidays can be booked and therefore holidays will not affect attendance at other times in the year. This will be Monday 6 to Friday 10 June 2016.

This moved has been praised by most as it allows families to save around 40% by taking a holiday in term time rather than at peak holiday season, and it's been seen as a truly family friendly move. Some have pointed out that this is already common practice in some schools, though whether it has had an impact on absenteeism has not been stated.

If this means more families can afford a holiday together then perhaps this is a good move, as for some it is a difficult choice between taking their child out of school for a holiday or not having one at all.

What do you think about this issue? Does your school already do this, or would you like them to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

7 comments

  • qwertycrazy
    I dont get why children have to be off school during inset days, why cant teachers have their training during the summer holidays or half terms. Its the children who are missing out on their education, whereas teachers get paid to be off at the same time as children, and then have the nerve to go on strike which again makes children miss out on their education, and force parents to take leave which isn't always available.
  • Sharon654
    I think this is a brilliant way for a school to show parents that they understand what parents want and meeting the needs oh families in a way that suits everyone.
  • Izzyd85
    I dont get why children have to be off school during inset days, why cant teachers have their training during the summer holidays or half terms. Its the children who are missing out on their education, whereas teachers get paid to be off at the same time as children, and then have the nerve to go on strike which again makes children miss out on their education, and force parents to take leave which isn't always available.
    These are days teachers have to work, Children are only entitled to so many school days a year. The training that teacher's do enables them to effectively teach the children. Don't be so harsh on teachers they are providing an education for the children of the country!!!!!
  • Nickyw73
    I think this is a brilliant way for a school to show parents that they understand what parents want and meeting the needs oh families in a way that suits everyone.
    Cheshire east already gives us this week of as we have two weeks at whitsun and a week less in the summer hols . I wish the other inset days were set as a whole week though - to stressful at work to try and get all the holidays with other parents all wanting same weeks!!!!
  • Teacherrep
    I dont get why children have to be off school during inset days, why cant teachers have their training during the summer holidays or half terms. Its the children who are missing out on their education, whereas teachers get paid to be off at the same time as children, and then have the nerve to go on strike which again makes children miss out on their education, and force parents to take leave which isn't always available.
    Teachers get their salary split over 12 months. We used to be paid at the end of the term and not be paid over the holidays, this change helps ignorant people think 'teachers get paid for their holidays'. In your job, is it a good idea to have all the training for different areas all lumped together in one week? Is this the best way to implement new ideas for the children? Perhaps we should turn our attention to the holiday companies who put the prices up during the summer and give teachers a break. It's not the teachers who make these choices, it's the government, who you all had a say on.
  • Coolio86
    I dont get why children have to be off school during inset days, why cant teachers have their training during the summer holidays or half terms. Its the children who are missing out on their education, whereas teachers get paid to be off at the same time as children, and then have the nerve to go on strike which again makes children miss out on their education, and force parents to take leave which isn't always available.
    Qwerty crazy, teachers do not get paid for school holidays. They get paid for 38 weeks of the year, spread over 12 months ( 52 weeks) so that their pay is the same each month.
  • cantfindaname
    The government is constantly changing what has to be taught and when, if all the training days are at one time when are teachers supposed to be trained in these new ideas. Or perhaps they should just work through their unpaid holiday

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