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Half-Term Holidays

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will take steps to issue guidance on the co-ordination of half-term holidays on the lines suggested by the Half-Term Movement.

The Education Act 1944 provides for school holidays to be under the control of local education authorities, except where the rules of management or articles of government provide otherwise, and the holidays are subject to the Schools Regulations 1959. The Act embodies the decision that local education authorities, and where it is their responsibility, the managers and governors of schools, are best placed to respond to the wishes of parents and others over the arrangements they make.