A return to a 2-week October half term holiday looks set to be approved by senior Isle of Wight councillors next week.

It follows an Island-wide consultation which attracted more than 3,250 responses, with the majority (57%) indicating a preference for an extended autumn half term holiday.

Now Cabinet members are being asked to approve the 2023/24 school holiday calendar which includes a 2-week October half term break between Monday 23rd October 2023 and Friday 3rd November 2023.

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Councillor Debbie Andre, Cabinet lead for children’s services, education and skills, said:

“The decision to revert to a one-week autumn half term for 2022/23 was made using the results of a smaller consultation carried out prior to my coming into post.

“I worked closely with the team to ensure the recent consultation carried out for 2023/24 would be more thorough, offering a choice of three options and seeking views from a wide range of participants including headteachers, teaching unions, parents / carers and pupils themselves ..

“The consultation this time received 3,257 responses and I would like to personally thank all of those who took the time to respond.

“There was a clear preference among all groups which we have recognized and it is on this strong evidence that the term times for 2023/24 have been set to include a two-week autumn half term break, while maintaining the statutory 195 school days, allowing for five teacher training days. ”

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Not all schools use the Isle of Wight Council-agreed dates. Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools set their own term dates.

The 2-week October half term was first introduced in the 2019/20 academic year. The 1-week half term was reintroduced in 2022/23 – but has now been overturned.

2023/24 School Term Dates (if agreed):

• • Autumn term 2023 – Friday 1st September 2023 to Tuesday 19th December, with half term from Monday 23rd October to Friday 3rd November
• • Spring term 2024 – Tuesday 2nd January 2024 to Thursday 28th March 2024, with half term from Monday 12th February until Friday 16th February
• • Summer term 2024 – Monday 15th April 2024 to Friday 26th July, with half term from Monday 27th May until Friday 31st May

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The Cabinet is due to meet next Thursday (12th May).

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