We need to act now. Michael Gove reportedly said that "in the most successful East Asian education systems.. school days are longer, school holidays are shorter." Dont shorten school holidays and longer school hours. Don't shorten the summer holidays. The kids need a break, the parents need a break and the family need a break. The holidays were due to be cut to under five weeks Credit: PA Barnsley Council has dropped plans to shorten the school summer holiday amid a … The rest of that time is spent on weekends, holidays and vacations. Aug 11th 2018 It is better to shorten the holidays to avoid all these dangers associated with prolonged holidays.The contention that prolonged holidays give students enough time to relax is mistaken. Letters: shorter school holidays do work. Summer days, drifting away School summer holidays should be shorter. "I think school holidays should not be shorter because it gives you the opportunity to develop other important skills by just being adventurous and playing with your friends." A council in South Yorkshire will become the first in the country to shorten the long school summer break with an extra week off later in the year. Children already don't spend enough time with their parents or family as it is. He added that current school … Students attend an average of 180 school days per year. M ichael Gove wants to shorten school holidays, saying they were designed back when the UK still had an agricultural economy, and cites the "tattie holiday" as an example. In the most successful East Asian education systems, "school days are longer, school holidays are shorter", Mr Gove told an education conference. While students look forward to those holidays as a break from their regular studies, there is a … This article is more than 2 years old. Report a policy violation. School holidays comprise a significant portion of any school year. Share this petition A four-week summer break helps to close the inequality gap between rich and poor pupils. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, told the Guardian that Gove was "making … ... relax and give themselves sometime off from the work that they have to deliver with the new O-Level GCSE style plan that was put in place by M Gove. Leaders Aug 11th 2018 edition. Excessively long breaks are bad for children and for social mobility. School is becoming more stressful and to shorten the holidays, it just wouldn't be fair. Head teachers' union to announce plans to reform school holidays and shorten summer break.