A survey of parents carried out by The Adventure Company suggests that children who are taken on holiday achieve higher academic grades and develop more advanced social skills.
The tour company’s research, which consisted of 4,000 interviews with parents in England, revealed that 87 per cent of respondents reported that going on holiday enabled their child to perform better in at least one subject at school.
Geography, history and languages were the subjects where children benefited most, but parents also believed performance could be enhanced in subjects as varied as science, religious studies, home economics, maths and photography, as a result of experiences that their children had whilst away on holiday.
Education Secretary Michael Gove recently stated that he believed school holidays should be made shorter, and has set out proposals for a four-week summer holiday to replace the standard six-week break. Such plans would be unpopular with pupils, and perhaps with parents as well in light of these new research findings.
Claire Wilson, managing director of The Adventure Company (and a mum), wasn’t surprised by the findings, stating, "there's no greater classroom than the incredible world that we live in and going on the sort of holiday where you can introduce your child to different cultures, customs and experiences can have real educational benefits as well as helping them develop a wide range of personal skills and attributes.”
So while the summer holidays may seem like a daunting and exhausting prospect for parents, it is worth remembering that taking your child away on holiday might just play a vital role in their development, and their grades.