Parents demand school summer break is axed because of lockdown

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Parents demand school summer break is axed because of lockdown

One in six parents have called for school summer holidays in the UK to be axed because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Many pupils have been missing full-time education since most schools were shut amid the Covid-19 pandemic with just vulnerable youngsters and children of key workers allowed to attend class.

Now, an online childcare platform has revealed that 18 per cent of parents think that the school summer holidays should be cancelled as result of lockdown.

The survey of over 7,500 parents by Childcare.co.uk found that three quarters of parents who answered ‘yes’ to the question: ‘Should the school summer holidays be cancelled?’, believe children have missed enough school and need to spend the summer catching up.

A further 44 per cent stated they think the government should open more temporary schools in order to allow children to return safely as soon as possible.

Some 52 cent of parents who wanted to keep the long summer break thought children would quickly catch up with their studies when they eventually resume their education.

Richard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk, said: “After a few unpredictable months we are now starting to move out of lockdown.

“However with the summer holidays around the corner naturally the question being asked is will children still have a summer break, or will schools remain open to catch up on time missed in the classroom?

“We wanted to find out how parents felt about the subject, with many understandably concerned about the impact school closures is having on their children’s education.

“That being said, it was still surprising to see that one in six parents think schools should open over the summer holidays to compensate for the loss classroom time of the last few months.”

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