Cumbrian parents facing £50 fine for taking kids out of school on holiday
Last updated at 14:37, Tuesday, 06 March 2012
The woman in charge of schooling in Cumbria is calling on parents to reconsider whether to take their children on term-time holidays.
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What vitriol Jenny! We would never get a holiday if we didn't take our children out of school. We are both self employed and work in the tourist industry so taking time off during school holidays is not an option. From March to November each year we work 6-7 days a week so see very little of our children. In November we take our kids away to somewhere where we can catch up with relaxation and spending quality family time together, which doesn't always mean going somewhere 'cultural'. We don't leave educating our kids just to the school, we take a lead roll in educating them 365 days a year.If school holidays were negotiable it would help, alot of people have the same dilemma where we live, they mostly work in tourism....we all have to earn a living, we're just grateful to have jobs.People need to walk a mile in other people's shoes before they cast such strong and offensive opinions. The majority of folk taking their kids away during school time will be in the same boat as us, I'm fairly certain!
Well, I think the Director of Children's Services is right, education is the given right for all children. We all work to pay for it and I am furious to think that some people just think they can take thier children out of school for 2 weeks in some over-rated tourist town somewhere in Spain with its all you can eat culture like Benidorm (no class, no culture). Children's education is priceless,the majority of parents are responsible, it is the short sighted narrow minded few who think they are above the rules. Holidays v Education.... Two week sunshine v Education, Qualifications and a better start in life, your choice, but don't whinge when you get fined and your kids fail to reach thier potential. Get your priorities right first, there are plenty of time for holidays. Maybe if holidays are more important, then simple, don't have kids! British Tax Payer
I think this is about balance, this letter points out that negoiation can be made with the Head Teacher and most of these are usually are agreed in my experience. it is parents taking children out of school with no communciation with the school that is the probelm???