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Council at centre of legal battle over unauthorised school absences to review term dates

The Isle of Wight Council will hold a major consultation in November Photo: ITV Meridian

A council at the centre of a legal battle over unauthorised school absences is to review term dates.

Isle of Wight Council is to hold a major consultation on cutting its summer holidays to create longer half terms in the autumn or spring.

It was previously involved in a row with a father who refused to pay a fine for taking his daughter on holiday.

Jon Platt refused to pay a school fine for taking his daughter on holiday during term time

Jon Platt lost his case at the Supreme Court in April, despite winning prior legal battles against the council.

The consultation will begin on the 24th November.

This consultation will be about taking all the key issues into account and framing school term dates that really work for the Island. We understand how important it is for families to spend quality time together at the right time for them.”

"It was our pledge to examine options to give families more choice over when they take their holidays, while at the same time making term lengths more even. Our unwavering aim is to further improve attendance which will then drive up educational standards so we have all our schools rated ‘good’ or better by Ofsted."

"We are committed to looking very carefully at this issue and want to hear the views of people with or without children of school age, as well as teachers, governors and others working within schools – and the tourism and wider business sectors."

– Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for Children’s Services