Support staff: offering term-time holidays

Be clear what you'll need to do to enable year-round support staff to take annual leave during term time, so you can create a more attractive job offering.

Last reviewed on 16 September 2022
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  1. Consider the benefits
  2. Identify which staff this could work for
  3. Check if any rules would need changing
  4. Put a policy in place

Consider the benefits

Many schools don’t allow year-round support staff to take annual leave during term time, but we know some school leaders are questioning this approach. Offering term-time holidays could:

  • Make the job offering more attractive, helping you to recruit and retain staff (particularly if other local schools don't offer this)
  • Enable lower-paid staff to go on holidays at times when the costs will be lower

If you decide to allow this option, you'll need to make arrangements that strike a balance between the needs of your school and the wellbeing of your support staff. Read on to find out how to make it happen. 

Identify which staff this could work for

Would their absence during term directly affect pupils' learning? Would other operations of your school still function effectively during term time with the

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