Colchester tourist attractions fear consequences of school holiday proposals

Colchester tourist attractions fear consequences of school holiday proposals

Colchester tourist attractions fear consequences of school holiday proposals

First published in News

Tourism bosses have criticised a proposed law change to cut the school summer holidays to four weeks.

A bill, giving schools the power to set their own term times, is going through Parliament.

Bosses at 29 attractions, including Colchester Zoo’s director Dominique Tropeano, wrote a joint letter to the Government warning it could have a crippling effect on tourism.

It said: “The tourism industry relies on the summer months, and particularly the six-week school summer holiday period, for its success.

“Many in the tourism industry survived the recession by the skin of their teeth.

“The economic harm provided for within the bill is deeply worrying.”

Full story in today's Gazette

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:54am Wed 20 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Children need real holidays! Time to be free....
Children need real holidays! Time to be free.... Jack222
  • Score: -2

6:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

1. I am sorry for the businesses I really am.

2. But lazy teaching staff will get a kick up the jacksie should it go ahead ?

3. It will give us all a break from screaming runts 6 weeks is real punishment.

4. Surely the zoo will benefit on the two weeks at another time of year they will still get the 6 but not all at once ?

5. I say teachers should be employed doing other things for the community while the kids are off Lazy B*gg*rs ! ?
1. I am sorry for the businesses I really am. 2. But lazy teaching staff will get a kick up the jacksie should it go ahead ? 3. It will give us all a break from screaming runts 6 weeks is real punishment. 4. Surely the zoo will benefit on the two weeks at another time of year they will still get the 6 but not all at once ? 5. I say teachers should be employed doing other things for the community while the kids are off Lazy B*gg*rs ! ? Brown Envelopes
  • Score: 1

7:07am Thu 21 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

In this order - Pet Hated Professions -

10. Politicians/Civil Service Grey Suits (London)

9. Plumbers/Builders/Ch
ippies/Leckies

8. Car Parking Ticket Attendants.

7. Driving Test Examiners (Colchester)

6. Shop staff

5. Hospitality reps Hotels/Holidays

4. Estate Agents

3. Lawyers & Police Officers

2. NHS Staff (Most)

1. Teachers (All never met a gooden bar one!)
In this order - Pet Hated Professions - 10. Politicians/Civil Service Grey Suits (London) 9. Plumbers/Builders/Ch ippies/Leckies 8. Car Parking Ticket Attendants. 7. Driving Test Examiners (Colchester) 6. Shop staff 5. Hospitality reps Hotels/Holidays 4. Estate Agents 3. Lawyers & Police Officers 2. NHS Staff (Most) 1. Teachers (All never met a gooden bar one!) Brown Envelopes
  • Score: 6

11:14am Thu 21 Aug 14

romantic says...

Learning is not just about what you do at school. It's also about the stuff that can't be assessed in an exam - socialising, learning how to deal with other people, learning that you don't always get your own way. Learning how to fill your own time. I grew up without kids clubs etc, we'd just set off into the countryside and explore, fish, climb trees, often get told off. The summer holiday, far from being wasted time, should be the chance to recharge and refresh ready for the next term. 6 weeks is actually less than most European countries get. Exams are important, sure, but not everything. Having a kid in school on a beating hot sunny day will not make them learn more.

As for the negativity towards teachers: well, it's not a job I'd want to do. I know several teachers and the long summer holiday is not so long when you consider that most of them will already be well into planning the year ahead. Most also work on most evenings, marking and preparing. This is done against an increasing background of parents who seem to think education should only happen at school, and fail to engage with their kids except to discuss which TV channel to watch or which take-away to order.

Tinkering with the school holidays will not make our country more productive or successful. What will do it is parents who switch off all the games consoles and TVs and actively engage with their kids, and send them to bed at a proper time so they are able to concentrate when they do get to school. Most of the teachers I know say that there are often kids who are dead on their feet and it's because they've been up playing games until 2.00.
Learning is not just about what you do at school. It's also about the stuff that can't be assessed in an exam - socialising, learning how to deal with other people, learning that you don't always get your own way. Learning how to fill your own time. I grew up without kids clubs etc, we'd just set off into the countryside and explore, fish, climb trees, often get told off. The summer holiday, far from being wasted time, should be the chance to recharge and refresh ready for the next term. 6 weeks is actually less than most European countries get. Exams are important, sure, but not everything. Having a kid in school on a beating hot sunny day will not make them learn more. As for the negativity towards teachers: well, it's not a job I'd want to do. I know several teachers and the long summer holiday is not so long when you consider that most of them will already be well into planning the year ahead. Most also work on most evenings, marking and preparing. This is done against an increasing background of parents who seem to think education should only happen at school, and fail to engage with their kids except to discuss which TV channel to watch or which take-away to order. Tinkering with the school holidays will not make our country more productive or successful. What will do it is parents who switch off all the games consoles and TVs and actively engage with their kids, and send them to bed at a proper time so they are able to concentrate when they do get to school. Most of the teachers I know say that there are often kids who are dead on their feet and it's because they've been up playing games until 2.00. romantic
  • Score: -6

11:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

Route88 says...

romantic wrote:
Learning is not just about what you do at school. It's also about the stuff that can't be assessed in an exam - socialising, learning how to deal with other people, learning that you don't always get your own way. Learning how to fill your own time. I grew up without kids clubs etc, we'd just set off into the countryside and explore, fish, climb trees, often get told off. The summer holiday, far from being wasted time, should be the chance to recharge and refresh ready for the next term. 6 weeks is actually less than most European countries get. Exams are important, sure, but not everything. Having a kid in school on a beating hot sunny day will not make them learn more.

As for the negativity towards teachers: well, it's not a job I'd want to do. I know several teachers and the long summer holiday is not so long when you consider that most of them will already be well into planning the year ahead. Most also work on most evenings, marking and preparing. This is done against an increasing background of parents who seem to think education should only happen at school, and fail to engage with their kids except to discuss which TV channel to watch or which take-away to order.

Tinkering with the school holidays will not make our country more productive or successful. What will do it is parents who switch off all the games consoles and TVs and actively engage with their kids, and send them to bed at a proper time so they are able to concentrate when they do get to school. Most of the teachers I know say that there are often kids who are dead on their feet and it's because they've been up playing games until 2.00.
Absolutely spot on.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: Learning is not just about what you do at school. It's also about the stuff that can't be assessed in an exam - socialising, learning how to deal with other people, learning that you don't always get your own way. Learning how to fill your own time. I grew up without kids clubs etc, we'd just set off into the countryside and explore, fish, climb trees, often get told off. The summer holiday, far from being wasted time, should be the chance to recharge and refresh ready for the next term. 6 weeks is actually less than most European countries get. Exams are important, sure, but not everything. Having a kid in school on a beating hot sunny day will not make them learn more. As for the negativity towards teachers: well, it's not a job I'd want to do. I know several teachers and the long summer holiday is not so long when you consider that most of them will already be well into planning the year ahead. Most also work on most evenings, marking and preparing. This is done against an increasing background of parents who seem to think education should only happen at school, and fail to engage with their kids except to discuss which TV channel to watch or which take-away to order. Tinkering with the school holidays will not make our country more productive or successful. What will do it is parents who switch off all the games consoles and TVs and actively engage with their kids, and send them to bed at a proper time so they are able to concentrate when they do get to school. Most of the teachers I know say that there are often kids who are dead on their feet and it's because they've been up playing games until 2.00.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. Route88
  • Score: -3

7:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

Navajo wife says...

Brownenvelope..It's very obvious you know nothing about teaching. I taught Kindergarten for a few years when my kids were in school. I would love to see you in a classroom, teaching 42 five year olds. I loved every second of it.BUT us teachers didn't get as long off as the kids. Oh and there the little???? Matter of us spending our own money for extra supplies needed. There is so much you have no idea about.. NO ONE goes into teaching forthe money Iit's our love of these kids and wanting to teach them not only the basics, but what they will need to know to be ready to face the world, and be successful. There us nothing better, than when years later, thus child, now grown up, comes and thanks you for all you taught them.THIS is a reward that money can't buy. So, next time you feel like dissing teachers, THINK FIRST.
Brownenvelope..It's very obvious you know nothing about teaching. I taught Kindergarten for a few years when my kids were in school. I would love to see you in a classroom, teaching 42 five year olds. I loved every second of it.BUT us teachers didn't get as long off as the kids. Oh and there the little???? Matter of us spending our own money for extra supplies needed. There is so much you have no idea about.. NO ONE goes into teaching forthe money Iit's our love of these kids and wanting to teach them not only the basics, but what they will need to know to be ready to face the world, and be successful. There us nothing better, than when years later, thus child, now grown up, comes and thanks you for all you taught them.THIS is a reward that money can't buy. So, next time you feel like dissing teachers, THINK FIRST. Navajo wife
  • Score: 0
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree