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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 14th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    Did half terms exist before the 1980s?
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    • 14th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    Did half terms exist before the 1980s? 14th Oct 16 at 3:44 PM
    Today, the kids break up for half term. Great! Some parents think shops are creches and teens - hanging about zones.

    When I was at school, the only week long half term was the October one. Feb and May were a couple of days each. One Feb half term I remember it was just one day! It was my friend's birthday and did Laser Quest and bowling.

    Today's kids get seven less days at school when I was there. As when my parents were moving home, I found a list of term dates tucked in a book. Went on the school's website to find the latest dates.

    My parents can't remember things like half terms.

    If half terms weren't around when you were at school, when were they introduced?
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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 14th Oct 16, 4:36 PM
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    I was at primary school in the 1970s and moved into high school in September 1980. We had two weeks off at Whit in May when we were at primary, but only one week in secondary. Primary had six weeks summer holidays and secondary had seven weeks (to make up for a week less at Whit). We had a full week off every February and October, plus the usual two weeks holidays at Easter and Christmas.

    I spent my primary years in two different schools, one on the Wirral and one in St. Helens. In Merseyside, half terms definitely existed in the 1970s.

    Our schools are still in for another week - they break up next Friday.
    • Alikay
    • By Alikay 14th Oct 16, 4:36 PM
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    We had half terms in the 60's when I was at primary school.
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 14th Oct 16, 4:37 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:37 PM
    Do you know, I have searched and searched for you. This is the best I could find for you.
    http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/schools-1900-1950

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    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 14th Oct 16, 4:42 PM
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    Yes - except they were called the tattie holidays in my part of the world, or the berry week, depending on what the predominant agriculture that needed child labour to help get harvested was.
    • effervescing elephant
    • By effervescing elephant 14th Oct 16, 4:48 PM
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    All I can remember of school holidays is that my private school had longer ones than the state schools, which was good I don't remember if we had half-term holidays but we got very long summer breaks!
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 14th Oct 16, 4:53 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 4:53 PM
    My summer holidays were 12 weeks long, we had a month for xmas and a break in October, February and April. We also finished at lunch time on a Wednesday.
    Last edited by GwylimT; 14-10-2016 at 4:59 PM.
    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 14th Oct 16, 4:58 PM
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    I was at Primary school in the 70s. We had a week during October, two or three days in February, and a week at the end of May.

    Sorry I cannot go back further!
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 14th Oct 16, 5:02 PM
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    We had long half terms. Then again, we also had longer days and lessons on Saturday mornings.
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    • effervescing elephant
    • By effervescing elephant 14th Oct 16, 5:08 PM
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    My summer holidays were 12 weeks long, we had a month for xmas and a break in October, February and April. We also finished at lunch time on a Wednesday.
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    Was yours a private school Gwylim? I recall our summer holidays being 13 weeks long one year!
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 14th Oct 16, 5:12 PM
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    We had long half terms. Then again, we also had longer days and lessons on Saturday mornings.
    Originally posted by elsien
    I can remember lessons on a Saturday morning too.
    • tommix
    • By tommix 14th Oct 16, 5:18 PM
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    At Eton in the 70s we had Three halves Per Year..
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 14th Oct 16, 5:31 PM
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    Today, the kids break up for half term.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Not around here, we must be a week behind everyone else.
    Good job too because the second half of term is longer than usual already!
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    • donnajunkie
    • By donnajunkie 14th Oct 16, 6:15 PM
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    I started school in the 70's. I can't remember for sure but I think we did have half term back then.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 14th Oct 16, 6:33 PM
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    I was at primary school in the 80s and remember that we had half-terms in February, May and October. I also remember the Easter and Summer holidays seeming to be much longer than they are nowadays.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 14th Oct 16, 6:40 PM
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    i was at school in the 60s and 70s and yes we had half terms.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Oct 16, 7:00 PM
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    i was at school in the 60s and 70s and yes we had half terms.
    Originally posted by Judi
    Ditto .
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    • lush walrus
    • By lush walrus 14th Oct 16, 7:27 PM
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    We had half terms in the 80s but school on a Saturday morning. Our daughter finishes Tuesday and has nearly two weeks, then 4 weeks for Christmas - they are hardly in school.
    • donnajunkie
    • By donnajunkie 14th Oct 16, 7:58 PM
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    I was at primary school in the 80s and remember that we had half-terms in February, May and October. I also remember the Easter and Summer holidays seeming to be much longer than they are nowadays.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    Time in general seemed longer. A school year seemed like a very long time. And yeah the summer holiday seemed like a long time.
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 14th Oct 16, 8:51 PM
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    Never taught is schools but in colleges we introduced Reading Weeks in the 90s.

    I gather that in Ireland (north and south) they have summer holidays that are around ten weeks long. Attractive as that sounds, I reckon the academic year would be better if we had four terms, with half terms and short holidays.

    Keep the educational momentum going. And why not synchronise the academic year with the calendar year and have the exams in November like the OU does?
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