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When is October half term 2021? Next school holiday dates revealed

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When does this year’s October half term break fall? (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)

Autumn is well and truly here, and that means one thing: Halloween!

For little ones in primary and teens and tweens in secondary school, the spooky season also heralds another half term break.

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While they get two weeks off at Christmas and New Year, the autumn half-term holiday is just a week long.

Still, you could spend it carving pumpkins or head off on a family day out. Or simply chill at home as the temperature starts to drop.

So, when is the next half term holiday? Here are the key dates across the UK.

When is October half term in 2021?

In England and Wales, schools will break up for half-term on Friday, October 22.

4 children around a table emptying the middle out of pumpkins.
Half term in England and Wales falls on Halloween (Picture: Getty)
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Most students will have October 23 – 24 (the weekend) off, as well as weekdays October 25 – 29

They’ll have the Halloween weekend (October 30 – 31) at home too, before returning to class on Monday, November 1.

That said – all term dates tend to vary slightly depending on where you live. It’s up to your local council, so check the exact dates for your area here.

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Meanwhile, children in Scottish schools have a mid-term holiday over the weekend of September 24 – 27.

They then have a week-long holiday in October, which for most schools, will fall somewhere between Monday, October 11 and Friday, October 22.

Schoolgirls running hand in hand on the isle of school and laughing
The 2021 half-term break falls in late October (Picture: Klaus Vedfelt via Getty)

Dates can vary by council, so you should double check your dates on the Scottish Government website here.

Northern Irish students will have a long weekend break from Thursday, October 28 until Monday 1 November.

The next big break in Northern Ireland is when schools break up for Christmas on Thursday, December 23.

Finally, it’s important to check your school’s website in case they operate their own term dates.

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