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90 percent of municipalities in Japan to shorten school summer breaks

The Japan Times

More than 90 percent of municipalities in the nation intend to shorten summer breaks at public schools following prolonged school closures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, an education ministry survey has found. Among elementary and junior high schools, those planning on shortening their summer vacations to 16 days, from around a month, made up the largest group, according to the survey released Friday. For high schools, the most common length of vacation was 23 days. The survey asked 1,811 municipalities that operate public elementary, junior high or high schools about their summer break plans as of June 23. Schools in 1,794 municipalities had suspended lessons since April 1, with those closing for 31 to 40 days accounting for the largest proportion, followed by schools that had closed for 21 to 30 days.

Council cuts school summer holidays

BBC News

A council has become the first in England to cut the school summer holidays to under five weeks. Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire has announced the term dates for the academic year 2017-18 with a shortened summer break. There will be a longer school holiday at October half-term. Nick Bowen, principal of Horizon College, said the cut would "lead to difficulties in recruitment and retention of really good staff". Councillor Tim Cheetham said: "The main differences to this year's dates from previous years will support educational outcomes for pupils by reducing the long summer break which can lead to learning loss.

Tui's 'misleading' summer holiday advert banned

BBC News

A Tui TV ad offering a "perfect summer holiday" which could only be taken in September or October has been banned. A travel period between September 1 and October 31 was "unlikely to align" with consumers' understanding of the term summer holiday, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concluded. Following a complaint to the ASA, Tui argued its summer holiday season ran from April to October. In response to the ruling, the company said the ad had been altered. The television ad for Tui holidays in June featured a voiceover stating: "It's not too late to discover Turkey with Tui from £279 per person this summer...perfect summer holidays that put you in the middle", while on-screen text specified that the price applied to departures between 1 September and 31 October.

MPs to vote on early summer recess

BBC News

Members of Parliament are to vote on whether to start their summer recess this Thursday, instead of next week. The government has tabled a motion to bring forward the summer break to begin five days earlier than planned. MPs will vote on the motion on Tuesday. It comes as MPs have been debating changes to the prime minister's plans for leaving the EU. Labour's Angela Rayner called the motion "pathetic" and said the Tories were frightened of their own MPs.

Release your inner child

BBC News

In the US every summer, millions of children are sent away to camp. Friends are made, games are played, and nights are spent sleeping in dormitory bunk beds. It is very much a rite of passage. That was the thinking behind Camp No Counselors (CNC), one of a small but growing number of companies that organise adults-only summer camps. The idea is that grown-ups can release their inner child and participate in many of the same adventure activities that kids do at camp.