Teacher opinion is split over whether a shorter summer break would benefit children’s education, according to an end-of-term survey.
Brighouse -based recruitment agency Provide Education conducted a snap survey to ask teachers it works with what they think about proposals being mooted to shorten the traditional six week holiday.
But 54% said reducing the length of the summer break would do nothing to benefit children’s education while 46% said they thought it could help.
A similar narrow majority of 58% thought the whole school calendar should be left as it is while 42% thought there was room for improvement and it could be time to reform the length of school terms and the timing of breaks.
Director of Provide Education Barry Simmons said: “Our quick end-of-term survey shows that the teaching profession can see both sides of the argument when it comes to the idea of reforming the school calendar.
“Some prefer the status quo with the long summer break retained to allow children time to completely relax and do their own thing before embarking on their next year of study and to allow teachers the opportunity to re-charge their batteries and prepare for the coming academic year.
“On the other hand, some teachers told us that a shorter break in the summer of about four weeks with some longer half-term breaks throughout the year may be a better working model for everyone – pupils, teachers and parents.”
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