The decision to prosecute a couple who took their children on holiday to Australia during term time has been defended by the local authority.
Our schools follow the guidance set down by the Department for Education in trying to maintain good levels of attendance.
Schools decide whether to authorise leave based on whether they think there are exceptional circumstances.
Penalty notices are issued by the council at the request of schools for various reasons including where the school has felt there were no exceptional circumstances to justify absence.
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