Children have been hard at work now since the Christmas holidays ended in January and after a long two months, they will be looking forward to having a few days off with the first half term of 2019. School term and holiday dates vary across the country, determined by schools and local councils. Some universities may also choose to give their students a ‘reading week’ as schools take a holiday but this is down to their own discretion.
Is it half term this week?
Schools and colleges are currently in the midst of their third term, which for most started on January 7 this year.
The term lasts for five weeks before the next break halfway through February, now one week away.
Despite being ‘half-term’ the holiday marks the end of this term in the school year.
The February half term starts next week for most schools and is bookended by two weekends.
This means teachers and students will have a good nine days off before they are due back for the new term.
The official dates for half term this month are Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22.
To check, you need to visit your local school website, which can be accessed by postcode via the government’s search tool.
When are the Easter Holidays?
When the half term ends on February 22, a new term will commence on February 25.
This fourth term in the curriculum lasts until Friday, April 5, is followed by a healthy two-week break for Easter.
The Easter Holidays include each major Easter date, both Easter Friday and Monday, so families get a chance to celebrate together.
Easter Friday this year is April 19 and Easter Monday is on April 22, the last day of the Easter Holidays.
The dates for the Easter term and Easter holidays are as follows:
Term start date
Monday, February 25, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019 to Monday, April 22, 2019