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    When do you take your holidays?

    Are you allowed to take leave in term time, or must you take it when the school is off?

    Last year my Head let me take leave in term time - a week either side of the May half term week, making 3 weeks in total. It was @$%* great! - cheap as chips and not too hot.
    Our finance person who worked 'till 8pm every night and weekends and holidays, called my line manager with a problem on the bank holiday Monday. It took several days for them to realise that the local switch needed a re-boot.

    The upshot of that episode is... i'm no longer allowed leave in term time. This year I've to take 2 weeks and 2 days in the summer, and all the remaining school holidays off until our next leave year - which begins on Jan 1st.

    Like others I suspect, I end up working most of my leave days. Last year I 'volunteered' to lose 19 1/2 days.

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    look at your contract if nothing in it then cant force you to do schools hols...

    But my contract says school hols only but can be other time at heads approval..

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    We have mixture of part-time, term-time only and full time staff here.

    Full-time staff have 25 days hols a year and the general agreement is that holidays are taken during school hols, as long as the work gets completed ...

    We do agree to allow up to one week during term time, but we are flexible and usually allow more.

    Some of the staff end up doing extra hours and rather than take overtime they take it as days off during term time (a friday off before a holiday and so on)

    It's all done with a bit of give and take from both sides.

    I have just had 2 weeks off (I go back on Monday) but I won't be able to fit in the other 6 days I should have taken ... so I'll carry it over.

    Likewise we allow some to bring a bit forward if they really need it.

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    My last post in a school had me taking leave during half term and full term breaks only. My current post (as local goct) means I can take it whenever I like.

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    I have to take my hols during breaks, btw Mark your poll reads wrong, it says:

    "When do you take annual leave? Strictly term time only", shouldnt it be strictly non term time only?

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    Oops! - you're right EluSiV3!

    It won't let me edit it now - coz i've voted maybe...

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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

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    Strickly non-term time, tho I havent really asked about it properly hehe

    Cheers
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    Re: When do you take your holidays?

    voted now i knew i was voting on the correct bit lol

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    Generally we have to take our leave during holidays, but can take odd days off if approved

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    We have mixture of part-time, term-time only and full time staff here.

    Full-time staff have 25 days hols a year and the general agreement is that holidays are taken during school hols, as long as the work gets completed ...
    How does that work when holiday entitlement is 5.6 weeks ala 28 days which can include bank holidays.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    How does that work when holiday entitlement is 5.6 weeks ala 28 days which can include bank holidays.

    Ben
    Holiday entitlement can vary within companies. Under the Working Time Regulations full time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks (aka 28 days) which can include public and bank holidays. There are 8 bank holidays in a given year (not including 2011 or 2012 which have 9 due to Royal Wedding / Jubilee holidays Bank holidays and British Summer Time : Directgov - Employment) which leaves 20 days, or 4 weeks. This is before we get into what are considered 'concessionary days'.

    Some schools will 'gift' additional days, e.g. between Christmas and New Year, so that they can affect a complete school closure. Some part of the public sector will add additional days off. Some employers will increase the amount of time off you can have past the 4 weeks and that could be done either by adding a day for each year you are employed, up to a given limit (frequently 5 weeks) but this is not including the 'statutory' or 'concessionary' days.

    It is pretty common for people to talk about having 4 weeks or 5 weeks, without referring to the public and bank holidays.

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    Holy old post resurrection batman! This has gotta be one of the oldest posts I've seen rise from its slumber... Its basically a zombie post, out to eat our brains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Holy old post resurrection batman! This has gotta be one of the oldest posts I've seen rise from its slumber... Its basically a zombie post, out to eat our brains!
    One of the benefits of the forum I suppose ... when someone goes to type a new thread and finds that there is already a similar / existing one (even if it is from *ages* ago) then they can add to it.

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    I have 26 Days + Bank Holidays.

    As the only Technical member of staff I am expected to take the bulk of this leave in the school holidays, but increasingly the school is open all year round with play schemes and staff wanting access. This means that this year I have been allowed to take term time holidays, as long as they are no longer than a week and I am in the country (which is fair enough). I have an agreement with the school that they will fund travel costs/ticket costs if I ever need to be recalled and that I only have to respond to phone calls from my line manager (who will only call me in a real emergency).

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    I took up a role as an ICT Manager in a primary school.

    I have been forced to take off the first two weeks of each year as well as
    the duration of the xmas holidays.

    I only get 25 days plus the ususal bank holidays etc...

    How does it work in your schools are you forced to take certain weeks off?
    Is the head allowed to even do this?

    really annoyed!

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