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Christmas to get shorter

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR LONGERThe Edinburgh News has revealed controversial plans to reduce the length of school holidays at Christmas to one and a half weeks and add an extra week to the summer break.

With the length of the summer holidays already a problem for many working parents increasing them to seven weeks seems a strange idea to put forward and why on earth would they want to cut the length of time the children get off at Christmas,the most exciting time of year?

Lindsay Law, parent representative on the education committee, said any changes to the school rota should be to “benefit children’s education” and not to satisfy anomalies on the calendar. She said: “Seven-week summer holidays are not particularly good for people with additional support needs because they get a set amount of care over the summer holidays.

“It is against the direction of travel to have longer and longer holidays. My point of view as a parent representative is that we don’t want to change holidays on the basis of calender events – we want holidays to be the right length to benefit children’s education.”

Further concerns about changing holiday dates came from Lib Dem education spokesman Councillor Robert Aldridge who said “I have no idea at all why this is being considered, it does seem strange because I know there have been discussions in the past about if the long summer break was too long.”

Tory education chief Cllr Jason Rust said: “I’m surprised they would be looking to shorten the Christmas holiday as an additional week to the summer break could create further issues for working parents and employers.”

Fortunately they have until 28th March 2014 to consult with both parents and teachers on this controversial subject.

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