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.
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