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Leicestershire County Council wants to hear your views on three suggested options for school term time and holiday dates from autumn 2019 to summer 2022.
School term and holiday dates from autumn 2019 to summer 2022
The current term dates for our schools in the county end in summer 2019. As a result, we’re required to consult on future term dates now, to ensure we can give schools and parents sufficient notice. The consultation is for the academic years (2019/20; 2020/21 and 2021/22).
We have developed three different options:
Option 1: This is the current Leicestershire pattern which includes an early autumn half-term break and an early spring half-term break.
Option 2: Based on Leicester City’s term time pattern – with a later autumn half-term break but maintains an early spring half-term break.
Option 3: Based on an alternative term time pattern - with a later autumn half-term break and spring half-term break.
All options are based on the following key principles:
The requirement to have 380 sessions (190 days) during a school year
As we are proposing that school governors will have discretion to determine all 5 inset days during a school year, we have not included any proposed inset days
In line with school holidays across the UK, Christian religious dates have been incorporated to allow families to observe religious occasions such as Christmas and Easter
Where possible national bank holidays have been incorporated to be during school holidays
To review the length of the autumn term when considering where autumn half-term falls
To consider Leicestershire term times alongside neighbouring local authorities
Where possible to try and aim for a summer break of more than a minimum of three weeks
To continue to set the start of the summer break to follow the traditional industrial July fortnight pattern
In addition, all three options:
Include Christmas holiday, Easter holiday and summer half-term break at similar dates as surrounding areas (including Leicester city)
Include the traditional early start of the summer holiday. This is similar to Leicester city, but earlier than all other neighbouring authorities
The consultation ran for eight weeks from Monday 5 February until Monday 2 April 2018.