You have probably already read about the court case for the father who refused to pay a fine for taking his child out of school. If not you can read about it here.
In light of this case, and the court’s decision to reject it, the blanket ban on term-time holiday has been called into question. The Local Government Association has described how a ‘common sense approach’ should be applied to children in England and they maintain that it does not always favour families.
So what are the rules?
- Children must have the permission of their head teacher to miss school.
- Permission will only be given in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
What are the punishments?
- Parents can be fined £60 which can double if paid late.
- Parents can also face prosecution with a £2500 fine, community order, or even 2 months in prison.
Councillor Roy Perry explains how family holidays provide ‘social and emotional benefits which are of lasting value and support’, something which may have been overlooked when the blanket-ban was introduced to help improve attainment. On the other hand schools minster, Nick Gibb, argues that taking children out of class can disrupt the teachers planning and that the ‘data shows that just a week off per year leading up to the GCSE courses can reduce the chances of that child getting good GCSEs by about a quarter’.
Do you feel term-time holidays are too disruptive to children’s education? What ‘exceptional circumstances’ do you feel warrants term-time holiday. Share your thoughts with us on social media.