My plan if I were dictatorforlife Education Secretary:
1) Give all dc an extra 3 weeks of holiday, 2 of them at the start of the summer hols (ie break up start July),
2) The other extra week goes to break up the long autumn term, so a longer (say 10 days) half term early-mid oct, then a long weekend with 2 days hols end november.
3) Sorry, teachers, but then all school have to offer 3 x 1 week summer camp in the long summer holidays.
4) These are optional, so if parents want their dc can have the full 8 weeks. The weeks are mainly extension activities like you get at the end of term. So eg primaries might do a sports week, a storytelling/drama week, a craft week. Secondaries might offer some academic options (eg study skills week for those going into 6th form, catch up maths etc), and some fun stuff again like end of term weeks.
I'm sure there's all sorts of problems with this (!) but I reckon (a) working parents don't have any longer childcare to arrange, and (b) it would break up the summer holidays for those that need without getting rid of the option of a long break for those that it suits.
Obviously it is more work for teachers, particularly in the first few years but I guess the pay-off is that you'd probably only have about half the dc there (maybe less in some schools? I suspect few would do all 3 weeks) and it would give a bit of 'time off' from the curriculum to do fun stuff.
What would you all do? (Especially if you are a teacher )
Spanieleyes, I will run your holiday club for £500 quid a week take home. I get just under £400 a week pre tax currently, in what is actually quite a well paid government job for this area. (fully qualified and experienced ex-teacher, 20 years in youth group voluntary work!)
As a teacher I am at a loss as to what I could offer at a holiday club? I can't do sport, music, drama etc. I could do normal lessons if you want to pay me for that but I think the kids deserve a break.