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Telford father to appeal after high court ruling on term-time holidays

Stewart Sutherland and his family went to Rhodes during term time Credit: ITV Central

A father from Shropshire who was fined for taking his children out of school to go on holiday says he will now seek to appeal his conviction, after a ruling in the high court.

Stewart Sutherland from Telford and his wife Natasha were ordered to pay fines and costs of almost one thousand pounds after they took their three children to the Greek island of Rhodes during term time in 2013.

Today the high court ruled in another case that taking a seven day absence still amounted to regular attendance.

Campaigners say today's case could redefine the way the law is applied.

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Dad wins landmark term-time holidays case

The High Court has ruled in favour of a father who took his daughter out of school to go on holiday.

Jon Platt refused to pay £120 for taking his six-year-old to Disney World Florida last year and because of her regular attendance, Isle of Wight magistrates ruled he had no case to answer.

But the council asked the High Court to rule on whether taking a seven-day absence amounts to regular attendance.

The ruling raises the prospect of similar challenges from parents of children in English state schools, for which tightened rules on authorised absences were introduced by the government in 2013.


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Poll: Should parents be able to take their kids on holiday during term-time?

A father, who refused to pay a fine for taking his six-year-old daughter out of school for a family trip to Florida, has won a ruling in his favour at the High Court.

The court ruled that because of his daughter's regular attendance, Jon Platt had no case to answer.

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Councillors to discuss fate of more than 20 children's centres in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council could close eight children's centre to save money. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Proposals to close eight children's centres in Northamptonshire and relocate more than a dozen others to the county's libraries will be discussed today.

Councillors say they need to cut funding by £3m because of "unprecedented demand" on services and big reductions in government funding.

This afternoon, Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet will consider the proposals which would include closing three children's centres in Northampton, two in Wellingborough, two in Kettering and one in South Northamptonshire.

"Children's centre services will still be available across Northamptonshire, but financial pressures mean that we will be using a larger proportion of the funding available for services in areas of greatest need, such as Northampton East and Central, Corby and Wellingborough."

– Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning and families.

Report: Thousands begin SATs tests

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds in the Midlands have today begun sitting their national curriculum tests, better known as SATs.

This year's papers are tougher than previous ones, and some people say they're putting too much pressure on children so young.

One mother has told ITV News Central her son is self-harming because of the stress, she's so angry she's written to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports:


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