There are practical and administrative reasons why time off is favoured by schools. They say they need the space to run an efficient delivery of the prized external exams industry. In truth, teachers like the time off to plan ahead and deal with the tasks they didn't have time for. There is a calmer air when half the school is absent.
Evidence for the value of revision time off is scant. But if Easter schools, as we show this week, are a success, there is surely an argument for extending the combination of supervised study and free time activity to the month-long exam period.