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Ideas for holiday learning

Last time, Karen Sullivan argued the case for allowing some term-time holidays. She now looks at how learning can continue while families travel together

In my last article, we looked at the wealth of research suggesting that term-time holidays (judiciously taken) can have benefits for health, wellbeing and brain development, which can have a positive impact on achievement, concentration, learning ability and even IQ (Arguing the case for term-time holidays, SecEd, March 2017:

Part of these benefits relate to the “enriched environment” and the opportunity for play, relaxation and bonding that holidays offer; so, although it can be tempting to set assignments for out-of-term breaks, this is likely to undermine the short and long-term benefits.

Instead, why not consider creating new opportunities for learning that will enhance the educational benefits of a holiday, no matter where it is taken. And make them fun.

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