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'71% of teachers' oppose fines for term-time holiday

Almost three quarters of teachers do not think parents should be fined for taking their children out of school during term time for a family holiday, an exclusive Daybreak poll can reveal.

Most teachers do not think parents should be fined for taking their children on holiday. Credit: PA

The OnePoll survey found 71% of teachers disagreed with parent being forced to fork out £60 per child for an unauthorised absence.

A further 66% of teachers told the survey they did not think taking primary school children out of the classroom for a family holiday had a detrimental effect on their learning.

The poll comes as MPs debated measures for lowering the extra cost of a family getaway and the education secretary called for the suspension of air duty during school holidays.

Girl,7, with brain tumour 'refused term-time holiday'

A seven-year-old girl with a brain tumour has had her request to go on holiday during term-time refused by her school, a senior Labour MP has claimed.

Natascha Engel said the girl's father, who is separated from the girl's mother and lives 120 miles away, put in a request to the school but it was turned down because of new Government policy in what she described as a "distressing, individual case".

Ms Engel said: "The school has cited government legislation to say there will be no unauthorised absences.

"It sounds quite threatening, but the school has no option, this is what the rules are."

Under recent amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 Act, which came into force on 1st September 2013, headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Term-time changes 'could lead to cheaper holidays'

Families could see a drop in the price of holidays as schools are given more control on setting half-term dates, the consumer affairs minister says.

Jenny Willott insisted the coalition has no plans to regulate as it is not convinced higher prices during school holidays are caused by "market abuse" by the holiday industry, but instead reflect the demand in an international competitive sector.

Term time changes 'could lead to cheaper holidays' Credit: Chris Ison/PA

But Ms Willott said proposals to enable schools greater choice on when to set holidays by next year could result in different break times for pupils across the country, which would extend the peak holiday period and could help bring prices down.

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