When is October half-term 2019 and do schools across the UK have the same break up dates?

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AFTER a restful summer break most kids in the UK are back at school soon.

But are everyone’s holiday dates the same across the entire country? Here’s what you need to know about the 2019 October half-term dates.

Kids will be getting their first break since the Christmas holidays
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What are the school holiday and half term dates for the rest of the 2019/2020 academic year?

School holiday and term time dates can vary depending on which part of the country you live in.

Most children have returned to school after the February half term, but kids in Yorkshire will be making the most of the sunshine as they have their break from February 25-March 1.

The dates below are just a rough guide, but check your local council website for the exact term times.

  • Autumn term: Monday September 2 – Friday December 20, 2019
  • Autumn half term: Monday October 17 – Friday November 1, 2019
  • Spring term: Monday January 6 – Friday April 3, 2020
  • Spring half term: Monday February 17 – Friday February 21, 2020
  • Summer term: Monday April 20 – Monday July 20, 2020
  • May half term: Monday May 25 – Friday May 29, 2020
Parents are urged not to take their children away on holiday during term time
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Why are holidays so expensive during the school holidays?

Hotels, airlines and tour operators know that more people will want to jet off during school holidays, so many hike up their prices.

Recent research has revealed that some holidays are nine times more expensive when schools are off when compared to term time.

Now there are growing calls for the government to intervene and force tour operators to lower their prices during the holidays so fewer children are taken out of school during term time.


Is it legal to take your children on holiday during term time?

Parents are only allowed to let their children miss school if they are sick.

Previously heads could grant ten days of authorised absence but they are now unable to grant any at all.

It’s been revealed that almost 20,000 people were taken to court in 2015 after their children missed school without permission – an increase of more than a fifth.

Those who take their kids out of school will be slapped with a £60 fine which rises to £120 if not paid after 21 days.

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