The Labour Party leader has proposed an extra four days of bank holiday per year for workers, including teachers, Schools Week reports.
The new bank holidays planned by Jeremy Corbyn as part of his election pledges, would be on each nation’s patron saint day: St David’s on 1 March, St Patrick’s on 17 March, St George’s on 23 April and St Andrew’s on 30 November.
The Labour Party has confirmed the holidays include schools and that teachers would not be exempt from the additional days.
Corbyn believes the holidays would “celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations” and give more families time to spend together.
Schools are currently mandated to open for 190 days to pupils each year, and an additional 5 days per year for teacher training.
Schools would therefore only be required to open 186 days a year for pupils, instead of 190, with teachers attending school for 191 days, as opposed to 195.
The policy is in direct contrast to the Conservative’s approach to attendance, highlighted by the recent case of a father who was taken to court by the Department of Education, for taking his daughter on a term time holiday.
It pursued the case to the Supreme Court, with Schools Minister Nick Gibb claiming that even having “just one day off” can damage a child’s education.
A Schools Week investigation revealed that one in six schools is disrupted during elections – with many having to close twice in six weeks to accommodate the local and general elections.
In 2012, when an additional bank holiday was called for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, schools were only required to work 189 days.