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A report has mentioned college summer time holidays in England needs to be lowered to 4 weeks, with half-terms and the Christmas break prolonged. This proposal is a part of a urged overhaul of the educational calendar, which has been in place since Victorian occasions, in response to the Nuffield Foundation.

Lee Elliot Major, a professor on the University of Exeter and one of many authors of the report, believes that this alteration may assist deal with academic divides which have widened throughout the pandemic. He mentioned: “Spreading school holidays more evenly across the year makes complete educational sense: improving the wellbeing of pupils and the working lives of teachers at no extra cost, balancing out childcare costs for parents, and potentially boosting academic results for many children.”

He additionally added: “Reducing the summer holidays from six weeks to four weeks would still provide adequate time for teachers to recuperate, while two-week breaks during the February and October half-terms would give much-needed time off during the most gruelling parts of the academic year.”

However, Geoff Barton, the overall secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, famous that there are differing opinions on this matter. He acknowledged: “Changing the length of the summer holiday is an idea that has been posited for many years and inevitably there are a range of different views.”

“There is some evidence that suggests changes could be beneficial to pupils and parents, but other research has been far less conclusive. It’s important that the impact of any changes are properly considered and must not be rushed into.”

“The Nuffield Foundation’s report identifies some very real issues, including the growing mental health crisis and the disparity between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. It’s possible that changes to the school calendar could ameliorate these problems to some extent. But it could also prove a huge energy-sapping distraction from the most pressing issues of recruitment and retention, special-needs provision and funding for education.”