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Scrap long summer holidays?

Scrap long summer holidays?

The long summer holiday – introduced a century ago because children were needed to help bring in the harvest – should be scrapped, an expert on child poverty has said.

Child food poverty policy adviser Lindsay Graham is calling for a “radical rethink” of the long summer break, arguing that it is “a travesty” that the holiday has been retained.

She says it allows disadvantaged children to become disengaged from “social support and the will to learn”, and “some of our best-equipped and most child-friendly community assets” to lie empty.

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