These dates linked to below are when the majority of schools are closed to pupils in Northern Ireland only, for schools in the ROI click here. However, teachers must attend school on five of these dates for training purposes.

Schools in Northern Ireland have the discretion to close for pupils on a number of staff training and school development days. The training days are likely to differ from school to school.


Optional days are intended to cover closings throughout the year in special circumstances, for example death of a person connected with the school, need to move premises, start of building work, church holy days.

Therefore, optional days are likely to differ from school to school.

School Holidays and Half Term Dates, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland (NI) School Holiday Term Dates

Schools may also close for School Development Days to give teachers time to work on school improvement matters.

Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates before making holiday arrangements.

Our sponsored links on each page also list events and discounts on school holiday ideas and half term breaks. You can use the search box to look up School Half Term Dates and holidays in Northern Ireland for 2017 and 2018.

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School Half Term Dates - School Holidays - University Terms