TAKING holidays during term-time causes one of the biggest arguments between schools and parents, but one school in Essex has come up with a way to solve the problem.
From next year, Woodlands School in Basildon is offering pupils the chance to go on holiday during an “enrichment week” between 15-19 July. Parents will have to say whether the trip’s purpose is spiritual, moral, social or cultural, and what the planned activities are.
Pupils will have to fill in an “enrichment booklet” to show what they have learned, but any pupils who don’t go on holiday will still have to go to school as normal for the week. Most breaks are more expensive during school holidays, which is why many parents can only afford to go during term time. However, schools can now fine parents for taking their children out of school for holidays.
Exploring other cultures is one of the ways that pupils could get a week off school – but is an “enrichment week” a good idea?