Parents fined for taking their children out of school for holidays during term-time: special report

Parents fined for taking their children out of school for holidays during term-time: special report

Parents fined for taking their children out of school for holidays during term-time: special report

First published in News

As the end of school term rapidly approaches many of us are reaching for the sun cream or busily packing beach towels into suitcases.

But while many families will wait until the school break to take their summer holiday, some have already jetted off on their trip, taking their children out of school during term-time to do so.

But while parents give many reasons for taking their child out of school for a holiday, such as price increases during the official school break or being unable to get time off work, they all have the same result.

A £60 fine.

Since a change in the law in September last year, headteachers are not allowed to grant pupils a leave of absence during term-time unless they consider that there are exceptional circumstances and an advance application is made.

Essex County Council can hand out penalty notices of £60 for each child to parents who take their children out of school for a holiday without permission.

See the MBS tomorrow for a special Spotlight report

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1:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

e5mitch says...

£60 fine? Bargain!!
Just get it back by issuing your own 'penalty notice' to the school next time it's closed due to a strike or broken boiler etc!!
£60 fine? Bargain!! Just get it back by issuing your own 'penalty notice' to the school next time it's closed due to a strike or broken boiler etc!! e5mitch
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Can someone please explain how schools can fine parents for taking kids on holiday during term time yet my friend's kid, who goes to a primary school in Kelvedon (I think), is going on a school trip lasting a week in term time. Surely this goes against everything it's fining parents for?
Can someone please explain how schools can fine parents for taking kids on holiday during term time yet my friend's kid, who goes to a primary school in Kelvedon (I think), is going on a school trip lasting a week in term time. Surely this goes against everything it's fining parents for? The Stinker Returns
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3:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Just take the child out of the last week of the school year - no-one will care adn it's get lost in the paperwork at the start of the new year. In particualr do this for all children in grade six - do you really think thsecondary school will care an inch about something which happened in the last week of the previous school. No.

Just dont make the m,istake of telling the primary school you are away; just quickly imply the child is 'ill'. Schools cope quite adequately when children are away sick.

Seriously Mr Gove - this is a stupid law / regulation you have made. Not all days are equal. Let's also consider unimportant days - last week of term, especially last week before the Summer holidays. The week before Christmas when pointless religion dominates, the say after any SAT tests and so are all known days when children could easily;y miss absolutely nothing of importance in any school.

And not all holidays are equal ; a holiday to the other side of the world where the child visits museums / art galleries / other icons of a different culture and perhaps re engages with a parental home culture is vastly more important than any lesson...
Just take the child out of the last week of the school year - no-one will care adn it's get lost in the paperwork at the start of the new year. In particualr do this for all children in grade six - do you really think thsecondary school will care an inch about something which happened in the last week of the previous school. No. Just dont make the m,istake of telling the primary school you are away; just quickly imply the child is 'ill'. Schools cope quite adequately when children are away sick. Seriously Mr Gove - this is a stupid law / regulation you have made. Not all days are equal. Let's also consider unimportant days - last week of term, especially last week before the Summer holidays. The week before Christmas when pointless religion dominates, the say after any SAT tests and so are all known days when children could easily;y miss absolutely nothing of importance in any school. And not all holidays are equal ; a holiday to the other side of the world where the child visits museums / art galleries / other icons of a different culture and perhaps re engages with a parental home culture is vastly more important than any lesson... Jack222
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Imhim says...

Every hour of education is important I was told,,,, This does not include strikes and teacher training days, which I think we are not supposed to notice... What it all boils down to is, YOU MUST OBEY GOVERNMENT, DO NOT QUESTION YOUR GOVERNMENT... Anybody get the picture yet ?
Every hour of education is important I was told,,,, This does not include strikes and teacher training days, which I think we are not supposed to notice... What it all boils down to is, YOU MUST OBEY GOVERNMENT, DO NOT QUESTION YOUR GOVERNMENT... Anybody get the picture yet ? Imhim
  • Score: 1

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