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

Around 71 per cent of teachers do not think parents should be fined for taking their children out of school during term time for a family holiday, a Daybreak poll has revealed, as the ongoing debate over the issue continued.

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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.

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