Sunderland MP attacks shorter school holidays plan

MP Sharon Hodgson.
MP Sharon Hodgson.
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A WARNING from Wearside has been issued to Education Secretary Michael Gove over plans to lengthen school days and shorten holidays.

Mr Gove argued a longer day would be more family-friendly and “consistent with the pressures of a modern society”.

But Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Education, hit back saying there needs to be “more discussion” based on evidence on whether making changes will lead to improvements.

And Robert Oliver, a teacher who visits Spain every year as part of a language trip during the school holidays, added: “There are many factors which affect educational outcomes for children, of which school hours and term dates are significant.

“The quality of teaching and setting and marking of homework is more important than the quantity of time spent at school.”