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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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    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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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 14th Oct 16, 9:32 PM
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    When I was at school, our summer holidays were timed for berry picking season and the autumn holiday was timed for picking spuds, no idea what the timings are for these days.
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    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 14th Oct 16, 9:47 PM
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    Our Local authority schools holidays are exactly the same as at least 50 years ago. The only major change is Easter is now fixed and is the first two weeks in April, regardless of when Easter falls.

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    • trollopscarletwoman
    • By trollopscarletwoman 14th Oct 16, 9:48 PM
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    We certainly did have half terms.

    A week in February, Whitsun week in May, and a week off in October usually around the 18th.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 15th Oct 16, 6:57 AM
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    Was yours a private school Gwylim? I recall our summer holidays being 13 weeks long one year!
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 15th Oct 16, 8:59 AM
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    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!
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    I think the week after next is the norm, OP seems to be earlier than most.

    Yes, we had half terms in the 70's and 80's here.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 15th Oct 16, 9:23 AM
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    We had half terms in the 60's and 70's.

    We had two weeks Christmas , two weeks Easter and six weeks summer holidays with a week half term in October and the other week depended on when Easter was. Basically worked out you didn't go longer then six weeks without a holiday.

    Add to that all the bank holidays, it's no wonder we were laden with homework every night/weekend/holiday
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 15th Oct 16, 9:52 AM
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    We had half terms in South Wales in the 60s and 70s (I was in school 1963-1976).

    In those bad old pre-Baker/Inset days we also had a half day for St David's day and 7 weeks in the summer - and, yes, it was always hot! - as well as the fortnights at Christmas and Easter. Hours and hours of homework though.

    Aged 10 I'd spend all Saturday morning writing essays in preparation for the 11+ exam - which did not include an essay question. Most hated were the factual essays - what sadist expects a 10 year old to write anything worth reading about "Colour"or "The Weather"? (parents came from the "It's your homework so you do it, we are not allowed to give you any help of any kind so stop asking... and if you get into trouble it is your fault" school of thought. Sigh)
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    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 15th Oct 16, 12:43 PM
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    We had half terms when I was at school 1962 - 1973. Can't remember if it was as many as now though. No inset/training days.

    I remember one of my teachers worked out that the balance between days spent at school and days off (including weekends) came out as 6 days per year more at school than not.
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