Northern Ireland School Holiday and Term Dates 2022/23

As parents, being aware of the key term dates and school holidays for your child is very important – but with schools operating with different dates across the UK, it can be hard to keep track. Whether you’re about to start planning for your next holiday or just want to update your family planner, you’ll want to get the dates right! 

To help you prepare for the school year ahead and plan those all-important family holidays, here’s a dedicated guide to Northern Ireland school term dates and school holidays. With a clear understanding of the key dates to keep in mind, the school year will hopefully run smoothly for your family! 


  1. Northern Ireland School Holiday and Term Dates 2022/23
  2. Your child’s term dates

Northern Ireland School Holiday and Term Dates 2022/23

For parents, finding the relevant school term dates for their children can be a challenge since school holidays vary between the different countries in the UK and between the local authorities in different regions. 

However, Northern Ireland school holidays and term dates are fairly straightforward and uncomplicated as they’re largely the same across the board. Unlike schools in Scotland which operate with different term dates depending on the council area, schools in Northern Ireland all have the same term dates and holidays – which fortunately makes things easier for parents! 

The table below outlines the term dates and school holidays for 2022 and 2023 as published by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. 📆

The term dates below are based on an assumption of a ‘normal’ school year in Northern Ireland. If new government advice should impact these dates – for example in relation to updated Covid-19 guidelines – schools will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.




Autumn, term 1

Thur 1 September 2022

Fri 28 October 2022

Autumn half-term

(Halloween) 🎃

Mon 31 October 2022

Tue 1 November 2022

Autumn, term 2

Wed 2 November 2022

Wed 21 December 2022

Winter holiday 🎄 (Christmas & New Year

Thurs 22 December 2022

Tue 3 January 2023

Spring, term 3

Wed 4 January 2023

Wed 15 February 2023

Mid-term break

Thur 16 February 2023

Fri 17 February 2023

Spring, term 4

Mon 20 February 2023

Wed 5 April 2023

Spring holiday 

(Easter) 🐰

Thur 6 April 2023

Fri 14 April 2023

Summer, term 5

Mon 17 April 2023

Fri 26 May 2023*

Summer half-term

(Spring Bank Holiday)

Mon 29 May 2023

Mon 29 May 2023

Summer, term 6

Tue 30 May 2023

Fri 30 June 2023

Summer holiday ☀️

Mon 3 July 2023

Thurs 31 August 2023


 *Schools in Northern Ireland also take Monday 1 May as ‘Early May Bank Holiday’.

In addition to the holidays outlined above, individual schools in Northern Ireland may take a number of staff training and school development days during the school year. On these days, pupils don’t have to attend school. Since these additional days off are at the discretion of each school, the dates are likely to differ from school to school – so it’s best to be on the lookout for any school communication regarding upcoming training or development days at your child’s school. 

Your child’s term dates 

While parents and guardians can rely on the dates presented in the table above for an overview of the general school holidays and term dates in Northern Ireland, it’s always good to make sure that the correct dates apply for the establishment your child attends. ✅

We would recommend that you double-check the term dates and school holidays with your child’s school to make sure you’re up to date. You can visit Education Authority Northern Ireland to find the contact information for each school in the country. 

Please note that the table above refers to Northern Ireland term dates and school holidays – if you’re residing in The Republic of Ireland, you will need to check the Irish school term dates. 

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