When is October half-term 2019 and do schools across the UK have the same break up dates?

When is October half-term 2019 and do schools across the UK have the same break up dates?

CHILDREN are soon to return to school with the new term commencing at the beginning of September – but it’s not long to wait for October half-term.

But when exactly is that and do all UK schools have the same dates? Here’s everything you need to know…

Kids will be getting their first break since the Christmas holidays
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What are the school holiday and half term dates for the rest of the 2019/2020 academic year?

School holiday and term time dates can vary depending on which part of the country you live in.

Most children returned to school after the long summer at the beginning of September, but some go back in the middle of August.

The dates below are just a rough guide, but check your local council website for the exact term times.

  • Autumn term: Monday, September 2 – Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Autumn half term: Monday, October 21 – Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Autumn term: Monday, October 28 – Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Spring term: Monday, January 6 – Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Spring half term: Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Spring term: Monday, February 24 – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Summer term: Monday, April 20 – Friday, May 22, 2020
  • May half term: Monday, May 25 – Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Summer term: Monday, June 1 – Friday, July 17, 2020
Parents are urged not to take their children away on holiday during term time
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Why are holidays so expensive during the school holidays?

Hotels, airlines and tour operators know that more people will want to jet off during school holidays, so many hike up their prices.

Recent research has revealed that some holidays are nine times more expensive when schools are off when compared to term time.

Now there are growing calls for the government to intervene and force tour operators to lower their prices during the holidays so fewer children are taken out of school during term time.

Is it legal to take your children on holiday during term time?

Parents are only allowed to let their children miss school if they are sick or have been given permission.

According to the government website you can get permission for your child to take time off school by making an application to the head teacher in advance or if there are exceptional circumstances.

It’s up to the head teacher to decide if leave can be granted and for how long.

It’s been revealed that almost 20,000 people were taken to court in 2015 after their children missed school without permission – an increase of more than a fifth.

Those who take their kids out of school will be slapped with a £60 fine which rises to £120 if not paid after 21 days.

The BBC revealed that penalty notices rose by 93 per cent in 2017-2018 to 223,000.

They said that in the academic year family holidays accounted for 85 per cent of fines issued, but fines were also issued for pupils arriving late to school.


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