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Father loses court battle over term-time holiday

Mr Platt refused to pay a school fine Credit: ITV

A father who refused to pay a school fine for taking his daughter on holiday during term time has lost his legal battle at the Supreme Court.

Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Disney World in 2015, was fined £120 by her school on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Platt challenged the penalty, arguing that the seven year-old had an attendance rate of more than 90%.

Today five Supreme Court justices ruled in favour of Isle of Wight Council, which took Mr Platt to court in a bid to overturn a High Court judgement.

Delivering the court's decision in a brief statement, Lady Hale said: "Unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect, not only on the education on the individual child, but also on the work of other pupils, and their teachers."

Jon Platt arrives in court for school holidays ruling

Mr Platt arrives at the Supreme Court Credit: ITV

The UK's highest court will give its decision today in a legal battle between Isle of Wight education chiefs and a man who took his daughter on holiday during term-time.

Jon Platt refused to pay a £120 fine. Local magistrates and the High Court found there was no case to answer, but the Island's council took the case to the Supreme Court.

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Olympic star helps schoolchildren to keep fit

Youngsters from a school near Winchester will be dreaming of their own sporting success - after a coaching session from Olympic Gold medallist Marlon Devonish. He visited Otterbourne Primary School to talk about his career - and to pass on some priceless tips.

PE sessions are delivered by coaches from R&R Sports Coaching, and when the school was given a Lottery grant for a new outdoor gym they decided an Olympian was needed to help out!

Natalie Boare reports.

Schools rely on parents to pay for basic equipment

Growing numbers of primary and secondary schools are relying on parents to pay for basic equipment their children need for school.

Despite being told that record amounts of money is being spent on children's schooling by the Government.

As budgets become increasingly tight, schools are reluctantly asking mums and dads for cash.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Christine spoke to Headteacher Pat Kerton, Steve Gray from the Parent Teacher Association and Emma Knights, the CEO National Governors' Association.

Surrey teacher awarded for 'dedicated' work

Yolanda de la Fuente (second from left) with Roger Coupe partners James Britton (left) and Edward Norman (right) and Jigsaw pupils Credit: The Star Awards

A teacher from Surrey has been awarded for her 'dedicated' work supporting youngsters with autism.

Yolanda de la Fuente was recognised for her willingness to volunteer "for anything" and her "unfailing dedication" at Dunsfold-based specialist school Jigsaw.

Yolanda was put forward for the Roger Coupe Star Award by her colleagues.

The 41 year old has been teaching Year 1 pupils aged between 4-19 for 18 months.

Working with the pupils at Jigsaw is wonderful; to be with them, to understand and play with them and to work with them – that’s the world for us. It’s all about the pupils and how we can help them to make their way in society.”

– Yolanda, Award winner

Our Star Awards aim to recognise and celebrate all those working in and around Cranleigh who go above and beyond for their communities. Teachers do an extremely important job helping to mould, motivate and educate the next generation so we felt they deserved their time in the spotlight."

– Edward Norman, partner at Roger Coupe

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Schools at breaking point and "outlook is bleak"

Headteachers across the South say their schools are at breaking point and the outlook is bleak. They're urging the government to think again over funding cuts - saying the proposed new formula is deeply flawed.

One headteacher says if the plans go ahead, money will be taken away from those that need it most - with deprived communities like hers the biggest losers. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Interviewees: Sarah Bennett, Headteacher; Peter Woodman, Headteacher.

Click here to view the Department for Education website.

Decision day for school threatened with closure

A decision is due today on whether to close a secondary school in Basingstoke which is seen as underperforming - and merge it with another 3 miles away.

Pupil numbers at the Fort Hill Community School in the Winklebury area have dropped - with just 38 applications for 145 places for the next academic year starting in September.

There were more than 900 responses to a public consultation earlier this year over the proposals for the closure and a potential merger with the Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College (CBEC). Parents say closing the Fort Hill site would mean there is no local secondary for the children in their immediate area.

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