PARENTS AND LABOUR CANDIDATE CALL ON SCHOOLS TO AVOID SCHOOL HOLIDAY INCONSISTENCY
Local parents are dismayed at the way that schools and colleges in the area are having school holidays over inconsistent dates. Half-term fell last week, the week commencing 15th October, for schools following the Leicestershire County half-term. But many schools in Loughborough have decided to have their half-term this week (the week commencing 22nd October).
Karon Hollis said “Like many parents I’m impacted by this fiasco as Special Educational Needs schools are run by the County and had their half term last week, whilst many Loughborough schools, like my other children’s are off this week.”
Harriet Burt said “I’m a local teacher and am off this week, my daughter is off next week.”
Stuart Brady, Labour’s candidate to be Loughborough’s next MP said “People with children in different schools or who work in the education system may be losing out financially through significant childcare costs or important family time denied. This is just one way that our fragmented education system is letting down our communities. The introduction of academy schools and the end to local democratic control means that parents often end up responding to school’s needs rather than the other way round.”
He continued: “The situation with holidays needs fixing so we have consistent holidays. It’s a shame Education Secretaries in previous Conservative governments did not act to stop this happening. Labour’s proposed National Education Service will be acting to ensure consistency across schools.”
Caption with Photo: Parent Karon Hollis with Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Stuart Brady.