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    Gove to ban term time holidays.

    Gove to ban term-time holidays - Yahoo!

    Meanwhile MPs can attend parliament as they see fit>

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    This has been coming for a long time...but to counter this, the PM said he would crack down on extortionate pricing from holiday firms.

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    But most of the schools I have worked in have only sanctioned holidays when needs require such as going abroad for family funerals etc

    Which it will now just make schools look bad and ruin the parent-school relationship which every school works so hard to try and build when for a genuine reason such as funerals etc are not allowed.

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    The argument the travel people use is that they don't inflate prices during holidays, they just discount them at other times!

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    uhhh not according to the watchdog report last year. They said they increase prices the week prior to the first week of school holidays and lower it the week after the last week of school holidays, due to "demand" the price goes up, as they "have to employ more staff", but again watchdog secret filming thing at a few holiday destinations in Europe and UK proved the same level of staffing regardless of if it is school holidays or not.

    It has been a "standard" practice for the last 30-40 years or so, but even the Government have said its ludicrous to pay up to 5x the cost of a holiday just because it falls within certain weeks of the year, hence the alleged clampdown in pricing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    The argument the travel people use is that they don't inflate prices during holidays, they just discount them at other times!
    It's so very true, however the biggest difference is Christmas/New Year. Ticket prices from January 5th to around January 15th are 1p compared to a typical cost of 300 just before Christmas. It's all supply and demand really.

    I don't think is one the Government will win unless they introduce some real laws and not just a strong 'recommendation'.

    It reminds about another discussion - smoking in cars with children. I don't condone this at all, but how are they going to police it? If the Government were that bothered about stopping people smoking, they'd remove it off the shelves completely and force people to buy it on prescription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Which it will now just make schools look bad and ruin the parent-school relationship which every school works so hard to try and build when for a genuine reason such as funerals etc are not allowed.
    Stopping funeral attendance etc. would make this issue go NUCLEAR and no one sane will do that. That said I expect there are some schools that are sufficiently Kafkaesque/stupid/incompetant/up-their-box-ticking-backsides to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    Stopping funeral attendance etc. would make this issue go NUCLEAR and no one sane will do that. That said I expect there are some schools that are sufficiently Kafkaesque/stupid/incompetant/up-their-box-ticking-backsides to do it.
    Maybe its just the way Gove is being portrayed in the media but some of the policies he seems to be coming out with are all very nice ideas but practically half of them seem to be unrealistic.

    The up to two weeks are designed for funeral's and the such like as mentioned in the article. If schools are not allowed to say this is authorised then it will just mean that for these authorised absences will become unauthorised and therefore ruin attendance records.

    Yes this is aimed at schools which allow this time for holidays but they those schools should be penalised in a different way rather then cutting something which a lot of schools do not do anyway. The heads/deputy's which are pressurised by parents to allow this just need to grow a backbone in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    The heads/deputy's which are pressurised by parents to allow this just need to grow a backbone in my opinion.
    Agreed, although at Primary age I don't actually think it matters that much if they miss a few days in school, or at least it certainly wouldn't for Sprogette who's one of those youngest in the class on top tables etc. She's possibly the only one in her class who hasn't had any term time off for holidays, because we can't simultaneously get mum, a teacher, off school.

    I'm not expecting anything too silly on this from the DfE, but there is very serious stuff at the heart i.e. how far the state runs your life, makes you do "what's good for you" based on sod-all evidence. Pity no one is saying anything about homework so we can have a proper debate about that, especially reigning in the advance of Primary homework because in my life that is both significantly harmful and largely useless, unlike almost anything else we choose to do with our child in our limited amount of joint 'family time' including just playing games and messing about.

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    Agreed Primary homework is a joke - and also the way they seem to do maths is complicating simple things. I was helping my nephew with his maths homework about 6 months ago which he didn't understand with the way they where being taught (was something to do with division). I showed him they way i was taught in Primary school (about 12 years ago!) which he understood straight away!

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    I got a note in my daughter's planner "Please do not show her your way of doing long division". The fact that she understood my method was irrelevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    the way they seem to do maths is complicating simple things. I was helping my nephew with his maths homework about 6 months ago which he didn't understand with the way they where being taught (was something to do with division). I showed him they way i was taught in Primary school (about 12 years ago!) which he understood straight away!
    Mmm.. couple of weeks ago during the 1/2 day of the weekend it takes to get all the homework done having...

    a) Taught a literacy lesson they haven't had at school yet that was a pre-req for the Sam Learning exercise they'd been given for homework.

    b) Helped get her on track with a seriously inappropriate maths puzzle which required either a computer program or manual brute-force via ~60 separate, reasonably nasty bits of arithmetic to complete.

    ..we had some division. Sprogette, 8.5yo, is there going around the houses working out the answers in some offically approved manner that *in theory* prevents a very small percentage of kids from being permanently tainted with a fundamental misunderstanding about the universe. Having watched her solve a couple correctly via the tedious RSI-inducing method I showed her good old fashioned long division and she immediately got the method and it's better efficiency. Thing is I was sat there seriously wondering if this might cause some kind of trouble with teacher..
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    wouldnt a solution be to stop schools all having holidays at the same time so say all holidays in say Bradford are 2 weeks ahead/behind Leeds (except christmas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I got a note in my daughter's planner "Please do not show her your way of doing long division". The fact that she understood my method was irrelevant.
    Have been there several time with my eldest! We were "invited" to a meeting with the headteacher. We explained that I had a degree in mathematics and a Dip HE in computer science, my wife has similar in chemical engineering, a second degree in psychology, 3 post grad certs (one being a PGCE) and therefore think that we may be better placed to teach our child elementary mathematics.

    He continued to argue that we were undermining his school and his staff so we just pointed out that doing it one way only showed no differentiation and would probably be against most of the speil in his schools teaching and learning policies, every child matters policy etc. He soon shut up!

    I can be a nightmare parent

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    wouldnt a solution be to stop schools all having holidays at the same time so say all holidays in say Bradford are 2 weeks ahead/behind Leeds (except christmas)
    That would be a nightmare! I live on a point where three boroughs meet. My youngest goes to primary in the borough we live in, my eldest in the second and the Mrs and I work in the third. There are loads of other parents in our area that are in the same position. we would never get a holiday together (maybe not such a bad thing )

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