Remembering Toy Day

The joys of the last day of school term

Guess Who - game in progress
Photograph by Ben Sutherland (Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved License)

Gone but not forgotten among most thirty-somethings and part of many schools was the joy of a lesson free last day at school. Before the National Curriculum, SATs and flash gadgets reared their ugly heads, the last day of school would see assorted class mates bring board games or action figures.

Prior to the mid-1980s, it was commonplace for most schools to break up for the summer holidays. Some local authorities elected to – as of now – reduce the long summer holidays by redeploying two or three surplus weeks elsewhere in the academic year. Today, schools are more likely to break up for the summer holidays on the third week in July. Continue reading “Remembering Toy Day”