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17 July 2015 1,449 views No Comment

Telegraph 17th July 2015

Photo0142A school will take all five inset days in the same week so parents can save money by taking their children away on holiday during term time.
Headteacher Catherine Barnett came up with the back-to-back training days for staff to help parents save up to £500 on their family holidays.
It breaks with tradition where schools are allowed to have five staffing training days – known as inset days – a year but normally spread them out.
Parents at 485-pupil Eveswell Primary School in Newport, South Wales, were told five days would all be taken during one week in June next year – to allow them to book cheaper holidays.
Head Mrs Barnett said: “There will be five training days for staff where the school is closed to pupils.
“It has been decided to take these as one whole week with the hope that cheaper holidays can be booked and therefore holidays will not affect attendance at other times in the year.
“This will be Monday 6th to Friday 10th June 2016.”
The days add an extra week to the Whitsun half-term holiday – and given families the chance for up to weeks holidays at cheaper rates than summer peak.

It comes as education chiefs have been clamping down on parents taking their children out of school during term time – with some being fined £60 per child for “unauthorised absence”.
Parent Gemma Thomas said: “If every school did this but chose a different week to other council areas it would be completely fantastic for families.”
Mother Terri-Anne Millar said: “Maybe if the travel industry didn’t triple their prices during the school holidays we wouldn’t have to worry about consolidating all teacher training days.
“I have in the past taken my kids out of school because it was cheaper to go abroad. I saved around £400. The travel industry makes it really difficult to be able to afford school holiday prices.”
Fellow parent Kirsty Powles said: “I was very happy to see this in a letter this week – I think it’s a fab idea.
“I just hope holiday companies don’t click on to it though and hike prices up.”
Package holidays are around 40 per cent more expensive during school holidays.
More than 60,000 families across Britain have been fined by councils for taking children out of school without approval.
Dozens of parents have been convicted by magistrates’ courts after refusing to pay penalty charges of 60 per child, rising to 120 if not paid within 21 days.
From this September, however, headteachers will have the power to set holiday schedules and a new study by The Boston Consulting Group suggests that almost 70 per cent of head teachers intend to make immediate changes to holiday schedules.
More than 60 per cent said they will consider changes to allow families to enjoy more affordable holidays and because it will help match school holidays to religious and cultural holidays and festivals.
ParentsOutloud said :
The most sensible think for years just don’t all chose the same week

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