Term-time holidays

A “common sense approach” should be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays, the Local Government Association says.

In the two years since the government cracked down on parents taking their children out of school during term time for holidays and the threat of fines.

Now the Local Government authority is claiming that the system is unworkable and needs reform. This follows from a recent court case where a father successfully had a £120 fine for taking his child to Florida thrown out after he argued the law required parents to ensure their children attended school ‘regularly’ and did not put restrictions on them taking holidays in term time.

The problem for many families is the prohibitive cost of holidays with travel companies charging almost double than a on holiday taken outside of term time.

For full details of this article by Katherine Sellgren go to the BBC Education News.