School Holidays

Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

Mark Hodson | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows up?

You Know They Are Ready to Go Back to School When...

Suzanne Whitton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Whitton

Yes I know I've been absent without trace for the last 10 days *blows tumble weed off blog* but I've been busy "having fun" (read "breaking up fights") with my kids. This year I vowed to make the most of the 6 week break (rather than wishing it away) and I think I've achieved that. But there are still 7 days to go and quite frankly, we've all come to the end of our fairly short fuses.

How to Survive the Summer Holidays: 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Brazier | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.

School's Out For Summer

Caragh Little | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself home on that final half day of term, than the postman assured me with a cheeky grin that the break would be 'gone before I knew it.'

How to Escape the Crowds in Cornwall This Summer

William Gray | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

Families love Cornish beach-beauties like Kynance Cove and Porthcurno, while Summerleaze (at Bude), Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove always score highly for ease-of-access, child-friendly facilities, beach lifeguards and places to eat.

Top 10 Things to Do With Children in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are so many things for children to see and do when visiting London; it's sometimes hard to know where to start, especially if you are only in town for a few days. Perhaps our handy hints might help you decide...

Eight Ways to Find a Good Value Break During School Holidays

Alison Couper | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Couper

Now that the weeks of wind and rain we have all see this winter seem to be over, at least for now, it's natural to crave the sunshine and look forward to a holiday. But it can be challenging to find a good value break, particularly if you want to travel during peak periods.

The Forgotten Education of a Holiday

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

Nothing gets people talking more than the subject of children and parenthood however, one angle really got my attention. Jenny Willott, the consumer affairs minister, said holidays 'should not be at the expense of a child's education,' going on to mention the possible negative impact of missing school.

The School Holidays Parent Trap - Parliament's Debate

Travelzoo UK | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Ultimately we want to end the Parent Trap, or at least make holidays a little more affordable, so more families can spend valuable time off together. We will be continuing with our campaign and would urge people to support our petition.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron Cools On Coalition

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 25 February 2014... 1) CAMERON COOLS ON COALITION One of the most consistent criticisms of ...

Wrong To Take Children Out Of School For Cheap Holidays, Says Gove

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

It is "wrong" for parents to take children out of school during term time to take advantage of cheaper holidays, education secretary Michael Gove has ...

Should Holiday Firms 'Cash In' On School Hols?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

MPs are set to debate the impact of holiday firms' extra charges during school holidays on families after 170,000 people signed an e-petition calling ...

It's Time to Fight the Parent Trap

Travelzoo UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

The way I see it, parents are being corralled into extortionate holiday prices - they can't take their children out of school and summer family deals are few and far between - it's something I call the Parent Trap.

The Summer Holidays in a Nutshell

Kirsty Smith | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Kirsty Smith

Type the word picnic into Pinterest and you will be assaulted by picture perfect picnics complete with drinks served in jam jars, wicker baskets and sandwiches wrapped in string. Who is creating this shit?

Are the School Holidays Too Long?

Julie Booth | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Summer learning loss is a well-known phenomenon in many schools. So much so that from 2015, the government is planning to introduce measures to give every state school the power to set their own term times - a freedom currently available to free schools and academies. The change could see a four week summer holiday introduced in many schools, with a longer gap between other terms.

2 Million Brits Set For Summer Getaway

PA | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK

Around two million Britons will head overseas this weekend as the school summer holiday getaway begins in earnest. Spain and its islands, including...

First Holiday Abroad Without The Family? Here's What to Do and Pack Before Leaving...

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

It's becoming more and more common that teens and young adults head off to travel in peer groups without parental supervision when they're young - particularly before and after university. Many will seek sunshine and relaxation at affordable prices for their first trip away from their parents or guardians.

School's In For Summer

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A former education minister has said the six-week summer holiday should be scrapped - because poor children forget what they have learned by the time ...

Low Fidelity

Caragh Little | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I don't see the point of photo apps which exist to make reality look prettier. Well: I mean I see the point; it's perhaps more the case that I don't see the value. Surely a photograph is a representation of reality with the kind of accuracy which a sketch or a painting can't achieve?

The Proposal to Extend School Hours Is Misguided; It Is Childcare Provision That Must Be Targeted

Rachel Tan | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Tan

In spite of its merits, the proposal just doesn't add up. Firstly there is little evidence that extending contact hours improves aggregate performance; most studies show a very small correlation between contact hours and attainment, with multiple outliers.

'Those Who Can't Teach, Preach'

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Shorter school holidays and longer school days will mean less time for children to play, discover and experience new things. Stricter inspections and harsher penalties will mean more stress for teachers, more tick-box teaching and more cheating the system so we end up failing our neediest kids.

It Is Not How Long You Are in School That Matters - It Is How That Time Is Spent

James Kempton | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
James Kempton

It is not how long you are in school that matters; it is how that time is spent. So those who seeking a better evidenced starting place, might be advised to begin, not with the example of East Asia, but with the notion that the pattern of teaching should depend on what we want children to learn.

Coming To A School Near You?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Education secretary Michael Gove is the subject of a petition calling for him to work in a comprehensive secondary school for a term, shortly after he...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Rejects Austerity

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 19 April 2013... 1) ED REJECTS AUSTERITY In recent days, Tony Blair and his allies have been sounding ...

Longer Days, Shorter Holidays?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

England's schoolchildren should have shorter holidays and spend more time in the classroom, Michael Gove said on Thursday. The Education Secretary ...