Welsh Government wants your views on the school calendar

A consultation will open on 21 November on changing the school calendar so that breaks are spread out more evenly. The number of days of school holidays and teaching days will not change.

What impact, if any, might the impact be on your out of school childcare provision and on your workforce?

Under the proposal, a week would be taken from the start of the summer break and added to the October break.  A two-week break would start in October 2025 and a five-week summer break in 2026.

Welsh Government say research suggests the autumn term is tiring and challenging for learners and staff.  Also, some pupils, especially from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and those with Additional Learning Needs (ALN), find it difficult to get back to learning after long summer breaks.

The consultation will also explore additional changes that could be taken forward in the future, but not from 2025. These changes include the option of moving a second week from the summer break and adding it to the Whitsun break.

Read further comments from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Designated Member and Parentkind here.

View the consultation documents here The Structure of the School Year | GOV.WALES