October 23, 2020

When is October half term 2020? UK school holiday dates explained

When is October half term 2020? UK school holiday dates explained

OCTOBER half term is fast approaching after students returned to school following a months-long hiatus during lockdown.

But when is it? Here’s the 2020 UK school holiday dates explained.

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The dates of the October half-term in England and Wales vary from region to region each year

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The dates of the October half-term in England and Wales vary from region to region each yearCredit: PA:Press Association

What are the dates of the October half term?

The dates of the October half-term in England and Wales vary from region to region each year.

In 2020, most schools will see the break fall either from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23, or Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.

However, you can check on the exact dates for your area using the government’s postcode checker.

In Scotland, where schools returned in August, the week-long mid-term break tends to fall slightly earlier in October.

Schoolchildren in Northern Ireland don’t get a break until Christmas.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for a nationwide “circuit breaker” lockdown to fall over the break, but it’s unclear yet whether this will affect the dates schools break up.

School holiday dates vary across the UK

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School holiday dates vary across the UKCredit: PA:Press Association

When are the school holidays in 2020?

Schools usually have an October half term, Christmas break, February half term, Easter break and a summer holiday.

The exact dates of these holidays vary throughout the UK, with schools in Scotland tending to break up and go back earlier.

Schools in Northern Ireland also forgo some of the breaks.

To find out your school’s set dates you can contact them directlt, or alternatively check the Government’s website.

For information on Northern Ireland, check here, and for Scotland, check here.

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