You request annual leave in the 6 weeks holidays only for it to be declined. Why? Another employee has already been approved annual leave for that particular week or fortnight. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. It’s frustrating. Very frustrating.
What if your annual leave request is approved? Now you have a different problem; now you will be paying well over the odds for a family trip away because it’s ‘in the school holidays’. Travel prices rocket during school holidays; trips can often be two, three times the usual price (sometimes even higher). It is a simple case of supply and demand. The travel companies know that the majority of parents will want to book a getaway between late July & early September and the prices reflect this.
But what if things could be different? What if school holidays were staggered? What if schools could start their 6 week break anytime between say June and August?
Would this mean less hassle trying to book time off work? Would this mean both parents and teachers could pay less for their summer holidays?
I think it’s something well worth considering. It’s not without its difficulties; there would obviously be parents with children in both junior and senior schools so their holidays would need to tie in together. This could potentially be solved by having certain junior schools feeding a particular group of senior schools that all have synchronised holidays. I know that academy schools in some areas are already using certain junior schools to feed into one main senior school.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see staggered holidays? Do you think it could potentially solve the problems?