MOST school pupils have enjoyed at least six weeks off school during the summer holidays.

But it's that time of year again when a new term begins – here's everything you need to know about school holiday dates and 2022 term times.

When do children go back to school?

Children across the UK return to their desks on different days near the end of August and the beginning of September.

To confirm the date of when your children's school will be opening up its doors again for students, you can check the government website by entering your postcode.

You can also always check your school’s website for more information on term times.

If you're child attends an academy – it's important to know that these schools will set their own dates, however they will often match the terms of those in their local catchment area.

Most schools in the UK will return in early September, however for certain nations and councils, the autumn term began as early as August.

Schools in Northern Ireland are expected to start on September 1 while the ones in Wales are set to reopen on September 2.

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Meanwhile, Scotland had a head start as most schools returned to teaching ways on August 17, 2022.

What are the school term dates for 2022?

Some schools have early-term times, so it is always worth checking with your school directly, or through the government website.

Schools in Leicestershire and Scotland have an early holiday structure, while the rest of England and Wales begin their breaks a week later.

Here are the average term dates in schools in England, until the beginning of the next academic year:

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  • Autumn Half term: Monday, October 17 – Friday, October 28, 2022
  • Christmas holidays: Friday, December 16, 2022 – Monday, January 9, 2023
  • Spring term: Monday, January 9 – Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Spring half-term: Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17, 2023
  • Spring term continues: Monday, February 20 – Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Easter holiday: Monday, March 27 – Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Summer term: Monday, April 17 – Friday, May 27, 2022
  • Summer half-term: Monday, May 29 – Friday, June 2, 2023
  • Summer terms continues: Monday, June 5 – Friday, July 21, 2023
  • Summer holiday: Monday, July 24, 2023 – check with your school or local council for when school restarts in 2023

We suggest that for the exact term times, you either check with your local council or speak to the school directly.

Is it illegal to take your children on holiday during term time?

An increasing number of parents may be tempted to take their children out of school to benefit from cheaper holiday deals during term time.

However, by doing so, parents run the risk of heavy fines and potentially even imprisonment.

Once your child is registered at a school, the law says you must send them to school every day and on time.

The law changed in September 2013 and schools are no longer allowed to let parents take their children out of school for up to ten days in term time.

Only in exceptional circumstances can you write to the headteacher and ask to take your child out of school.

Why is it more expensive to travel during school holidays?

Simply put, it's a question of supply and demand.

More holidaymakers tend to jet off during peak school holiday times placing a huge demand on airlines and hotels, causing the prices to surge.

Research from Kayak previously found prices go up by as much as £400 during school holidays.

There have been continued calls for the government to intervene and force tour operators to lower their prices during the holidays so fewer children are taken out of school during term time.

While it may work out cheaper to take kids out of school to go on holiday, parents could be left with huge fines for doing so.

Parents who take their kids out of school will be slapped with an immediate £60 fine which rises to £120 if it's not paid within 21 days.

According to a BBC report, during the 2017/2018 academic year, Local Education Authorities in England issued almost 223,000 fines for children being taken out of school for term-time breaks – a rise of 93% from the previous year.

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It's been revealed that almost 20,000 people were taken to court in 2015 after their children missed school without permission – an increase of more than a fifth.

Parents and guardians could receive a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence of up to three months if a child is missing school without a valid reason.

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