Are the summer holidays too long?

July 02, 2017


More than half of parents in our survey told us that they wish the school holidays were shorter in order to keep children’s learning at a constant standard throughout the year! Do you agree?

In fact, nearly three quarters of the 2,000 parents we spoke to feel that their children’s academics have dropped by the time they go back to school in September.


One in five (21%) also said that their child is significantly less engaged in their studies by the time they return to school. Extra tuition can be a great way to help keep their educational engagement ticking along and also help children adjust to the autumn term.

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Charlotte Gater, Curriculum Manager at Explore Learning say: “The summer is a time for fun and relaxation but this research has shown that many children’s academic abilities drop over the break, therefore undermining all the hard work they, and their teachers, have done over the year.  While it can seem a little daunting at first, it’s very important for parents to actively encourage their children to keep learning to avoid the negative impact it can have on their return to school in September.


When it came to returning to school in September, there is a 50:50 split as to how positive children feel, with half of parents saying their children dread going back while half say they don’t mind. In fact, 16% say they can’t wait to get back to school!

Find out how Explore Learning can help your child develop a love of learning over the summer and beyond!

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