'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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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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