2014 School Vacation and Holiday Planner
|Below is the agreed school calendar for 2014. For the first time, contingency arrangements have been put in place within the standardised school year to deal with unforeseen upsets to the school calendar . You should be aware of these contingency arrangements if booking holidays that involve teachers or pupils in Primary or Secondary school
February 2014 mid-term breakAll primary schools will close on Thursday 20thFebruary 2014 and Friday 21st February 2014. (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period fromMonday 17th February 2014 to Friday 21stFebruary 2014 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangementsto make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.)
Post-primary schools will close from Monday 17th February 2014 to Friday 21st February 2014 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.
Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 19thFebruary 2014.
All schools will close on Friday 11th April 2014, which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 16th April 2014.
All schools will re-open on Monday 28th April 2014.
Guidance for schools in relation to making up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures is included at Appendix B of this circular. This guidance sets out a structured approach to determining the measures to be put in place to make up for time lost. The guidance provides that subject to consensus at local level, any changes to normal practice that can be made to address the shortfalls should be put in place.
Examples of how this might be achieved include:
- prioritising tuition over other non-tuition activities
- reducing where possible the length of mock/house examinations
- consideration of whether learning in the classroom should be prioritised over school tours, etc
- in the case of second level schools ensuring examination classes attend all classes to the end of May.
If necessary, the school authority should then identify any available discretionary days that the school had planned to close that could be made available to make up for time lost.