Poll: Should school term times be longer?


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The Independent Online

State schools will take control over the length of holidays granted to pupils if controversial plans from Education Secretary Michael Gove go ahead.

Under the current system, state school pupils get two weeks off at Christmas and Easter, three week-long half-terms and a six week summer holiday.

But the new Deregulation Bill would put power in the hands of schools themselves to set their own term time. All schools in the state system would still be required to stay open for at least 190 days a year.

In April, Mr Gove called for school pupils to work longer school days and terms, as current hours put them at a "significant handicap" behind East Asian peers.

Do you think term times should be made longer?