"I think school holidays should not be shorter because it gives you the opportunity to develop other important skills by just being adventurous and playing with your friends." Report a policy violation. A council in South Yorkshire will become the first in the country to shorten the long school summer break with an extra week off later in the year. School is becoming more stressful and to shorten the holidays, it just wouldn't be fair. Students attend an average of 180 school days per year. This article is more than 2 years old. The rest of that time is spent on weekends, holidays and vacations. Michael Gove reportedly said that "in the most successful East Asian education systems.. school days are longer, school holidays are shorter." In the most successful East Asian education systems, "school days are longer, school holidays are shorter", Mr Gove told an education conference. Dont shorten school holidays and longer school hours. It is better to shorten the holidays to avoid all these dangers associated with prolonged holidays.The contention that prolonged holidays give students enough time to relax is mistaken. ... relax and give themselves sometime off from the work that they have to deliver with the new O-Level GCSE style plan that was put in place by M Gove. Excessively long breaks are bad for children and for social mobility. A four-week summer break helps to close the inequality gap between rich and poor pupils. We need to act now. Letters: shorter school holidays do work. Share this petition M ichael Gove wants to shorten school holidays, saying they were designed back when the UK still had an agricultural economy, and cites the "tattie holiday" as an example. Head teachers' union to announce plans to reform school holidays and shorten summer break. Don't shorten the summer holidays. Leaders Aug 11th 2018 edition. While students look forward to those holidays as a break from their regular studies, there is a … School holidays comprise a significant portion of any school year. The kids need a break, the parents need a break and the family need a break. The holidays were due to be cut to under five weeks Credit: PA Barnsley Council has dropped plans to shorten the school summer holiday amid a … He added that current school … Summer days, drifting away School summer holidays should be shorter. Aug 11th 2018 Children already don't spend enough time with their parents or family as it is. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, told the Guardian that Gove was "making …