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CALL FOR CONSISTENCY IN SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES

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Scottish Office education minister, Brian Wilson, has called on education authorities to set school term dates and ...
Scottish Office education minister, Brian Wilson, has called on education authorities to set school term dates and holidays in consultation with neighbouring authorities.

Mr Wilson said:

'It is in the interests of all concerned that education authorities seek to agree school holiday dates with neighbouring authorities. I know that such discussions are often already standard practice. Many authorities are currently in the process of setting holiday dates for the 1999/2000 school year. I have therefore asked my officials to remind authorities of the need to discuss dates with neighbouring authorities. A consistent approach is desirable wherever practicable, particularly where there are cross boundary movements of pupils - or teachers.'

NOTE

1. The law requires schools in Scotland to be open for 190 days per year but does not determine the dates for school holidays. That is for the discretion of education authorities. Difficulties can arise for families when school holidays in neighbouring authorities do not coincide. For that reason, Mr Wilson has instructed officials to write to authorities reminding them of the need to adopt a consistent approach in setting holiday dates.
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