Fines for term-time holidays

Headteachers will no longer be able to give pupils time off for holidays during term time. Parents could even be fined for taking their children out of school.

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Parents no longer allowed to take children out of school on holiday

Headteachers will no longer be able to give children time off school in term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Until now, they could grant up to ten days leave for children to go on holiday with their families outside the usual school breaks.

The government says it is introducing the rules because poor attendance can damage a child's education. But the plans have been criticised by those who say it will affect the poorest families the most.

Frances Read reports.

Department for Education: term-time absence can have "a hugely damaging effect"

The Department for Education has released this statement about its plans to fine parents for taking their children out of school.

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"Schools should only give permission for absence during term time in exceptional circumstances.

"Poor attendance at school can have a hugely damaging effect on a child's education. Children who attend school regularly are four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs than those who are regularly absent.

"That's why we have given schools more power to tackle poor attendance. Schools can now intervene much earlier and we have increased the amount parents can be fined for the unauthorised absence of their child."

– Department for Education


Your views: should children be taken on holiday during school terms?

The government plans to fine parents who take their children out of school for holidays.

The MP for Blaydon, Dave Anderson, has said the penalties will affect poorer families, who cannot afford the prices in the school holidays. ITV News asked people on Gosforth High Street, in Newcastle, what they thought.

Term-time holidays up for discussion

Plans for children not to be allowed to take holidays during term time are being criticised.

The MP for Blaydon says it will penalise poorer parents who might not be able to afford the higher cost of vacations in the school holidays.

At the moment, head teachers can grant up to 10 school days leave a year for family holidays in special circumstances.

However, from next month this will be changed and parents may be fined.

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