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Should parents be fined for taking their children on holiday during the school term?

Should parents be fined for taking their children on holiday during the school term? Credit: PA

A landmark ruling in the Supreme Court is due to take place on the 31st January that will rule on the legality of taking children out of school during term time.

Derbyshire County Council was the first in the Midlands to abolish fines for all but the worst offenders.

Furthermore, in 2015, Craig Langman from Nuneaton started a campaign asking for a change in the law for headteachers to be given discretion on the issuing of fines. His petition received 230,00 signatures.

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Department of Education agrees to closure of school

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The Department of Education says it has agreed in principal to the closure of Baverstock Academy in Birmingham.

The secondary school in Druids Heath was plunged into uncertainty in June 2016 because of financial difficulties.

The Government says there will now be a consultation period of 4 weeks for stakeholders to submit their views on the closure before a final decision.

Should the closure go ahead the school will close no earlier than 31 August 2017.

Local MP Steve McCabe has called for an urgent meeting with Justine Greening.

Following a request from the Leadership, Education, And Partnership trust (LEAP) the DfE has agreed in principle to the closure of Baverstock Academy, which has been in Special Measures since September 2014 and is undersubscribed.

Our priority is to ensure all children receive the best possible education and where that is not happening action must be taken. We will be working with LEAP and the local authority to identify alternative places for students to ensure their education is not disrupted.

– Department of Education spokesperson
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