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    a reading question

    The number of children receiving free school meals is quite large in Nottingham and many schools have breakfast clubs to make sure that children get a healthy start to the day. While teachers are holidays in the UK, many of the pupils spend the whole six weeks on the street where they live. The lack of free school meals for six weeks can result in pressure on a family budget and an inability to afford the inspiring expereices that help children to continue their learning.
    In setting out its plans for a five-term year, Nottingham City Council is seeking to reduce the summer holiday down to four and a half weeks, with a more balanced five terms of roughly eight weeks, each followed by a two-week break.

    (1), Can I say "the plans for a shorter summer holiday will help students have more school days to receive free school meals"?

    (2). "Each followed by a two-week break" means that the gap between two terms is two weeks, but the summer break is four and a half weeks. Doesn't it contradict the idea of "two weeks"?


    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: a reading question

    1. I don't think the total number of school days per year is to increase. The article doesn't say that. It says that the longest break with no school will be reduced from 6 to 4.5 weeks.

    2. Yes, it is not super clear. The idea is that there are 5 terms. Between most of them will be a 2-week break. Except for the summer break, which will be longer (4.5 weeks), but shorter than the present summer break.




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    Re: a reading question

    Thanks for your reply.

    So the longest break of being reduced from 6 weeks to 4.5 weeks doesn't necessarily mean that the increase of school days?

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    Re: a reading question

    Not if they make up those 1.5 weeks' worth of days in the other breaks.

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