NUT comments on changes to school term dates

Commenting on the proposals in the Deregulation Bill published yesterday which will allow schools to set their own term dates, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“If schools up and down the country set different term times it will cause chaos for families. Parents/carers could find themselves in the position of their children having different holiday times from each other and will find it difficult to meet with relatives or friends in other parts of the country.

‘Holiday companies will almost certainly just expand the period over which they charge premium rates so there will be no benefit to families, or indeed the general public who will have fewer weeks of less expensive holidays.

‘Contrary to the government’s claims that this will allow schools to meet the needs of parents it is likely to achieve the exact opposite. It also has to be remembered that teachers work far more than the 195 days they are required to teach including weekends, evenings and holiday times”.

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