P-05-1049 Change the school summer holiday break!



P-05-1049 Change the school summer holiday break!


This petition was submitted by Rebecca Mercer having collected a total of 84 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

would like to put forward a proposal to reduce the long 6 weeks down to 4 weeks, and add the extra 2 weeks to half terms.

I think mainly October and May perhaps would be the most beneficial.


Additional Information:

The summer holiday break has been in a place for a very long time in its current form. I believe life has changed and if we could alter this pattern now, it could give us a good work/home life balance. Not just for school staff, but parents can also take advantage of cheaper holidays. With 2 half terms that have a 2 week duration it will allow for more flexibility and a reduced price for most destinations. It will also allow parents an opportunity to maintain affordable childcare, for 4 weeks rather than for a full 6 weeks. This would give everyone the chance to break this up throughout the year, hopefully resulting in less stress for all and the end of the ‘dreaded summer holidays’.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 01/12/2020.


The Committee decided to take no further action on the petition given that a review which was due to consider the school year has been delayed due to the pandemic, the Minister for Education’s assertion that she cannot commit further resources to this at the current time and the fact that Ministers do not currently have a formal role in setting term date. In doing so it was agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/12/20.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Newport West
  • South Wales East


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 23/11/2020