Is there a case for staggered school holidays?

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?

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  1. Claire @ The Ladybirds' adventures
    6th January 2018 / 9:18 pm

    It’s a tough one. I can see pros and cons. Our October half term is a week later this year and it does make a big difference to the prices but if my kids had different school holidays it would make it harder still.

  2. MomOfTwoLittleGirls
    6th January 2018 / 5:14 pm

    In a South Africa we have 4 separate terms throughout the year with a decent break of at least 10 days between the 1st & 2nd terms and 3rd & 4th terms, 3 weeks in the middle of the year and 6 weeks between December and mid Jan. We also run our years from a January until December. I much prefer it to the U.K. holiday system.

  3. 6th January 2018 / 3:47 pm

    I’m torn. My husbands a chef, and can never get more than a few days off in the holiday. But, then my kids have got a 5 year age gap, so there will be a good 5 years where they are in different schools, and the high school we’d like him to go to isn’t the closest to his primary school, so even with feeder schools, it wouldn’t be one. In the summer holidays, it could ultimately mean 9 weeks of kids at home and needing childcare instead of 6.

    Cheaper school holiday holidays are I think are possibly the only answer. Or staggering in cities. It wouldn’t help book time off. But, last year our 6 weeks holiday started a week earlier than most of the country, so we got a much cheaper holiday.

  4. 6th January 2018 / 11:47 am

    I’m not sure about staggered school holidays just to reduce the costs of going abroad. Peak season is still going to be July and August in many places due to the climate there so you would still have to pay a premium. Then I think they’d see the extra demand in the later or earlier months depending on when the new school holidays are and then they’d just add the premium for those months too.
    Debbie

  5. 6th January 2018 / 10:07 am

    I’m dreading when my boys go to School and we have to work out holidays. When I was young, we would all go to my nans house. But she was older than my Mum is now. My Mum still works. I think whatever Schools do, it’s still hard for parents to work out holidays, time off work, childcare etc x

  6. 6th January 2018 / 10:07 am

    I’m dreading when my boys go to School and we have to work out holidays. When I was young, we would all go to my nans house. But she was older than my Mum is now. My Mum still works. I think whatever Schools do, it’s still hard for parents to work out holidays, time off work, childcare etc x

  7. Vicki
    6th January 2018 / 9:37 am

    Honestly I think the whole fee thing is stupid and we should just be able to take them whenever, it almost makes me want to Home school my daughter!

  8. 6th January 2018 / 8:29 am

    Fully agree. We are nearing the point where it would have an effect on us, as my boy is heading to reception Year this September.

  9. 4th January 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I think they have to do something. We only have an 8 month old at the moment, so obviously don’t have this issue. But I’m almost of the opinion that I’ll just pay a fee for taking them out in term time, if that’s a schools policy.

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