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GRIMSBY SCHOOL PIONEERS FIVE-TERM SCHOOL YEAR

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For the first time, a primary school in England is to divide the academic year into five terms, reported Radio 4's ...
For the first time, a primary school in England is to divide the academic year into five terms, reported Radio 4's Today programme. From today pupils at Woodlands Primary School in Grimsby will study for eight weeks at a time, with a month-long summer holiday and breaks of a fortnight between other terms.

The education authority, North East Lincolnshire Council, will monitor the system to see if the performance of pupils improves.

Teaching unions nationally have criticised the idea, but at Woodlands a majority of staff and parents supported the change. Head teacher Tom Wilson said replacing the long summer holiday would benefit everyone.

He explained: 'Most parents will tell you that after the first two or three weeks the children start to become bored. Parents find them very expensive - they can't entertain their children all the time, and in reality they're itching to come back to school.

'From the teachers' point of view, the children come back and they've forgotten so much of what they did in the summer [term]. The number of times we hear teachers say 'What did you learn last term? You've forgotten it all''.
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