Plans were released last Monday to allow all state schools in England to vary their school term dates from September 2015. Here at MySchoolHolidays, we understand this is a policy change that could cause confusion with both parents and teachers if the process is not properly co-ordinated.
MySchoolHolidays.com is perfectly placed to help schools and local authorities communicate their school term dates using our free website and mobile App. Term dates can be edited by schools (it only takes a minute) and then published through our website, Android App, Calendar downloads and via periodic emails which parents can subscribe to.
MySchoolHolidays can easily manage the transition to individual school holiday dates if the plans put forward in the deregulation bill are passed. Judging by the school holidays set by Academy Schools (who already have the option to customise their terms), holiday dates will only vary slightly, and drastic changes such as scrapping the traditional six-week summer break are unlikely.
You can already use MySchoolHolidays today to update and share your school’s holiday dates – simply visit www.myschoolholidays.com and search for your school!
Full details of the draft deregulation bill can be found here: http://www.official-documents.
Extract from the bill, determining school terms:
473. Paragraph 3 moves all responsibility for determining term dates in community, voluntary controlled and community special schools and maintained nursery schools from the local authority to the governing body. The governing body of all such maintained schools will be responsible for determining their school’s term and holiday dates each year. This change applies to England only.
Going back to school this week? Want to know when your next school holidays starts? We have your back
Are you a teacher looking to inform parents about any changes to term dates? Visit the site and change your school dates online
Following on from feedback we have received through our newly implemented feedback feature within our app we have made numerous improvements to the My School Holidays search API which should ensure that you our loyal users are able to find your school with minimal trouble, if you want to see the changes you can see the documentation for them on the Primary T Knowledgebase.
A quick reminder, if you are experiencing trouble with our app please get in touch by using the feedback feature in app or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also interested in hearing suggestions on how we could improve the My School Holidays Mobile Widget in any way so get in touch if you have a suggestion!
We’re pleased to release a School Holidays simplified countdown widget that will re-size with your blog or websites sidebar.
Short and Narrow
<div style="width:200px;height:200px"> <script src="http://myschoolholidays.com/plugin-small.js?school=1"></script> </div>
How it looks:
Short and Wide
<div style="width:600px;height:100px"> <script src="http://myschoolholidays.com/plugin-small.js?school=1"></script> </div>
How it looks:
Shorter and Narrow
<div style="width:300px;height:100px"> <script src="http://myschoolholidays.com/plugin-small.js?school=1"></script> </div>
How it looks:
We’re happy to announce a new feature: Email notifications and updates.
Simply visit your school on MySchoolHolidays and click “Email Updates”. Type in your email address and click submit.
We will email you 1 week before a holiday is due to begin and 1 week before it is due to end. We will also email you when new holiday dates are added for your school or district.