Changes to school holiday patterns

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Nottinghamshire County Council has agreed to adopt a three term year with a fixed two week break at the end of the spring term starting in 2013.

The proposals were agreed at a Children and Young People’s Committee on Monday.

Almost 4000 responses were received during a twelve week public consultation about school term and holiday dates.

The changes will mean the end of the spring term will no longer be dictated by when Easter falls and proved significantly more popular than the current arrangements.

The council decided there was insufficient evidence that moving to a five term year would benefit Nottinghamshire schoolchildren.

Cllr Philip Owen, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “We have taken considerable care over this important matter and listened to the views of schools and parents.

“The fixing of the break at the end of the Spring Term overcomes the problem of uneven length of terms, which has caused difficulty in the past.

“The proposed arrangements are the ones we believe are best suited to continue to raise standards in Nottinghamshire schools.”