I was speaking to my mother in my home town and she was bewildered as to why I was still at school. My mother lives in Carmarthenshire and the schools there broke up last Friday. So I decided to compare our break up and start back time - and now wish I hadn't. Birmingham Schools Break up = 22nd July Carmarthenshire Break up = 15th July 1 week MORE Birmingham Schools start back = Thursday 2nd September Carmarthenshire schools start back = Monday 5th September. 2 days LATER How is it possible? I have 5 1/2 weeks off but in Carmarthenshire they have 7 weeks. How do the school holidays compare to this in your area? Do we all get the same pay? Or is it just a post code lottery of sorts dependant on what LEA you work for? Taking a deep breath!