Welsh government proposes shorter summer break in school holiday consultation | UK News

School holidays in Wales could undergo significant changes under new proposals.

The Welsh government has initiated a consultation aimed at reducing the length of the summer holiday.

While the total number of holiday days will remain unchanged, the government aims to distribute the school terms more evenly throughout the year.

Under the proposed plans, one week would be taken from the summer break and added to the autumn half term.

If approved, these changes would come into effect from September 2025.

Potential future amendments to the school calendar in Wales include potentially removing another week from the summer holidays and allocating it to the Whitsun half term break.

The two-week spring break would also be fixed and separate from Easter.

Schools would still be closed on Easter Monday and Good Friday if they fall outside of the break.

The review of the school year is part of a cooperative agreement between the Labour government and Plaid Cymru.

Although not in a formal coalition, the two parties have collaborated on various policies since the 2021 Senedd election, such as increasing the number of parliamentary members.

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Jeremy Miles, the Welsh government’s education minister, mentioned that the summer break “can be a real strain”.

“Families struggle to find childcare over the six weeks, and others struggle with the additional costs long summers bring,” he said.

“We want to ensure that education serves the best interests of pupils, teachers, and families. We are seeking the public’s opinions on these changes and their potential impact.”

Some regions across the UK have already implemented alterations to the school year, including the Isle of Wight, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, and Stirling.

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