Council to look at school dates

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Changes could be made to school terms in a bid to help both parents and children.

Mayor Norma Redfearn has raised concerns about the impact of schools closing for nearly seven weeks during the summer holidays.

We should take their concerns on board and have a real conversation to look at what is best for them

Mayor Norma Redfearn

And she has called on education officers at North Tyneside Council to consider reshaping the calendar for the 2017/18 school term.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, she said parents were hit hard financially during the summer holidays, either entertaining children at home or paying to go on holiday.

Concerns were also raised on the impact it had on children, keeping them out of school for long periods.

Officers have been instructed to talk to parents about their thoughts on future school timetables, and it could see North Tyneside move away from calendars agreed by other local authorities.

Mrs Redfearn said: “Parents say six-and-a-half weeks is a long time for children to be out of school.

“We should take their concerns on board and have a real conversation to look at what is best for them.

“I would hope next year that we can consider this.

“For some of our children, six weeks off can be difficult for them to get back into school. Parent cannot afford to entertain their children for six weeks.

“They also say it is the most expensive time to go on holiday.

“If we take a different look at the school calendar to see if we can offer an alternative to it. I’m not concerned about the other authorities, I’m concerned about our parents and children.”