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Parents face £50 fine for holidays in school term

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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Julia Morrison: Letter to all parents

Julia Morrison, director of children’s services at Cumbria County Council, has written a letter to all parents to remind them of when family holidays should be taken.

Mrs Morrison’s letter, available on the county council’s website, has been distributed to all schools.

In it, she states: “We advise that wherever possible, absence from school should be avoided as it can have a serious effect on your child’s educational progress.

“If, after serious consideration of this, you still propose to take your child away from school for a holiday, it is important to note that only the headteacher can authorise that absence.”

The letter warned parents they could be fined £50 if they take their pupils out of classes without approval or taken to court if they refused to pay.

Schools do have discretion to grant up to 10 days’ leave during term time but must consider a series of factors before doing so.

National guidelines available on www.direct.gov.uk clearly state that parents could face penalty fines of £50 if children are absent from school without permission.

Penalties also rise to £100 if they are not paid within 28 days and any fine unpaid after 42 days can leave parents open to prosecution. The penalty notices can be issued by headteachers, local councils and the police.

Have your say

for rob. so a week or 2 weeks holiday once a year in term time has more effect on education then it does in all half terms especially with the 7 weeks summer holidays??

Posted by mel on 20 March 2012 at 16:34

As a full time working, tax paying, non mouthbreeding member of the public I pay into the education system without benefit at the moment, and as much as I dont like kids..... I have to say that I cant blame parents for taking kids away during non-holidays. I mean lets be serious £50 wont come close to the pocket lining charge levvied by the vampire travel companies and given the standards of education these days I doubt they'll miss much anyway. For me I would say bin the entire 7 week summer thing and get kids ready for working life, but as bitter as I am I wouldnt think that punishing parents for wanting to give children a good upbringing, for the sake of a government statistic is a good thing.

Posted by Mr K on 17 March 2012 at 00:20

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