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Fixed Easter holiday plan divides parents

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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Senior councillors will have to decide whether schools in Cornwall should have a fixed spring holiday after getting a split response on plans to scrap the moveable Easter break.

Cornwall Council has been looking into whether to have a fixed school holiday in the first two weeks of April, instead of a two-week break determined by Easter dates.

One of the reasons put forward for the change is so that schools could have equal length terms, which will help with planning.

The council asked school staff, governors and parents for their views on the issue and found that 55% were in favour of the change and 45% were against.

In total there were 556 responses to the survey with 182 from school staff, 230 from parents/carers, 86 from school governors and 58 from others.

The parents were in favour 118 to 112; staff in favour 129 to 53 while governors were against 46 to 40 and others were also opposed 37 to 21.

A main reason people opposed the change was the feeling it would diminish the importance of Easter.

Some parents feared it could increase childcare costs due to the loss of the bank holidays and others said it could prevent them from celebrating Easter with family in other parts of the country.

However, parents in favour said they found their children were tired and found it difficult to concentrate when the Easter holidays fell to extend the length of the subsequent half term. Others said it would enable them to take advantage of cheaper holiday rates.

A report on the consultation will go before the next meeting of the council's Cabinet on September 19 when a decision will be made on whether to go ahead with the change.

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