We asked our Facebook readers for their thoughts on council leaders' call to allow parents to take their children on holiday during term time.
A holiday is a luxury and education is important but the sanctions placed on parents are ridiculous. The current system needs to be reviewed as a certain amount of flexibility for parents would not go amiss!
Either that or make holidays more affordable during school holidays.then there would be no need to take kids out of school.
Without a doubt! Another money making scheme, they are depriving some children a chance to go abroad, which is an education in itself!
The main problem here is the holiday companies that charge a fortune during school hols - the government has played straight into their hands by fining families taking their kids out of school!
If you change the school holidays the companies would still charge more during those weeks so the problem of affordability is not solved. They will only equalise prices if they know there's a chance of increased bookings and this will only happen if parents can take their kids out of school time.
I have two children who I am taking out of school for two weeks. They have never been on holiday and we have worked hard to be able to give it to them. Both my children had 100% attendance last year and they are high achievers. I asked for some work as the topic will change while they are away and was told it is school policy not to give children work.
It should be down to parents and decent parents Iike myself would never take their child away at important times or exam times.
It is "best for children" to be in school during term time and not flout the ban on holidays when they should be in class, a primary school head teacher told Good Morning Britain.
Susan Papas sympathised with parents the difference in cost between peak and off-peak holidays had become "so extreme", but if they wanted the best for their child, they would leave them in school.
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