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Parents mount legal challenge to term-time holiday ban

A group of parents are fighting for a judicial review against Michael Gove's tightening of restrictions preventing parents from taking their children out of school for a family holiday during term-time.

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130,000 fewer pupils 'missing school under Coalition'

Some 130,000 fewer pupils are routinely missing class under the Coalition government, according to figures from the Department for Education.

They also found:

  • Overall, absence is down from 6% of sessions in 2009/10 to 5.2% of sessions in 2012/13.
  • Some 7.7 million fewer school days were lost to overall absence - 49.3 million days in 2012/13 compared to 57 million days in 2009/10.

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