Council bosses agree 2019/20 schools calendar

South Tyneside Council have set next year's school holidays
South Tyneside Council have set next year's school holidays

Council bosses have agreed the 2019/20 calendar for school terms and holidays for community and voluntary controlled schools in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Council’s cabinet agreed to the plans on July 11 which form part of a North East-wide push for a single calendar across several council areas.

Other areas adopting the plan include Sunderland City Council’s agency Together for Children, Newcastle City Council, Durham County Council and North Tyneside Council.

Cabinet member for children, young people and families, Coun Moira Smith, revealed the report at South Shields Town Hall and said setting the calendar was a legal duty.

Cabinet members heard that consultation with schools, governors and trade unions on the plans produced “no negative responses”.

The current calendar will see the 2019 Autumn term run from September 2 to October 27 and November 4 to December 20.

Spring term 2020 will run between January 6-February 14 and February 24-April 3 followed by summer term between April 20 – May 22 and June 1 – July 17.

Holidays include the 2019 Autumn mid-term between October 28 and November 1 and Christmas between December 23 2019 – January 3 2020.

For the remainder of 2020, pupils will take holidays between February 17-21 for mid-term, April 6-17 for Easter, May Day on May 4, May 25 – 29 in spring and July 17- September 1 in summer.

The plan covers 194 term days with schools asked to keep one day back for election purposes alongside choosing three training days during term time.

A report states that schools must  choose two more training days during evenings or designated holidays, with pupils required to be taught for 190 days in total.

Council bosses agreed to adopt the calendar for 2019/20 and requested that all other schools within South Tyneside follow when determining their individual school calendars.

Chris Binding , Local Democracy Reporting Service