28 July 2016
The 2017/18 academic year will have a fixed Easter break in the first two weeks of April.
The change in policy comes as a result of a consultation to which 1,200 parents, teachers and support staff responded. The consultation asked respondents to consider two options – to retain the traditional calendar or to fix the Easter break at the first two weeks in April.
The 1200 respondents were overwhelmingly in support of the idea with nearly three quarters (71 per cent) in favour of fixing the Easter break.
Fixing the Easter break to the first two weeks in April will mean that the half-terms in spring and summer are more even in length. Feedback from the consultation highlighted that long terms can lead to tired children who find it difficult to concentrate, whilst shorter spring terms which often happen with the traditional calendar don’t give children the necessary preparation time they need for their exams.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “We want all our children and young people to achieve their full potential by enabling them all to have the best opportunities to learn. We believe, by changing to a two week fixed Easter break , this will mean that they will have the best chance to do well in the Spring and Summer terms.
“That’s why it’s great that this consultation has had a fantastic response from parents and carers, heads, governors, teachers and support staff and sends a clear message that most agree that a two week fixed Easter holiday would be better for them, parents, children and young people.
I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to be involved in the consultation.”
The fixed two week Easter break would happen in the first two weeks of April 2018. Good Friday and Easter Monday will remain as a Bank Holidays for children.