When do kids go back to school 2021? UK holidays explained

Following a much needed summer break, kids are set to go back to school this September.

Here's we detail all the key dates for your diary.

When do schools go back in the UK?

UK schools are set to go back on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

The dates for school term and holiday dates are usually set more than 18 months in advance of the academic year.

But dates vary between areas.

You can find out when your school returns by putting your postcode in the government's website.

What are the school holiday dates for 2021?

Autumn term: Wednesday, September 1 – Friday, October 22.

Autumn half term: Monday, October 25 – Friday, October 29.

Autumn term continues: Monday, November 1 – Friday, December 17.

Christmas holiday: Monday, December 20 – Monday, January 3, 2022.

Spring term: Wednesday 5 January – Friday 11 February 2022

Spring half-term: Monday 14 – Friday 18 February 2022

Spring term continues: Monday 21 February – Friday 1 April 2022

Easter holiday: Monday 4 – Tuesday 19 April 2022

Summer term: Wednesday 20 April – Friday 27 May 2022

Summer half-term: Monday 30 – Friday 3 June 2022

Summer terms continues: Monday 6 June – Friday 22 July 2022

Summer holiday: Monday 25 July – Monday 5 September 2022

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

Parents are only allowed to let their children miss school if they are sick or have been given permission.

According to the government website you can get permission for your child to take time off school by making an application to the head teacher in advance or if there are exceptional circumstances.

It's up to the head teacher to decide if leave can be granted and for how long.

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.

Why are holidays so much more 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.

Research shows that some holidays are nine times more expensive when schools are off when compared to term time.

There have been continued 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.

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