School Holiday Fines Scrapped
“School Holiday Fines Scrapped”. Will the recent High Court ruling that a father had the right to take his child out of school lead to a change in the law? It seems inevitable that our government will attempt to close the loophole and make it impossible for parents to holiday with their children during term time.
As the mother of two boys at primary school I know only too well the huge premium families have to pay to go away in the school holidays. This has been made worse over the last few months by traveller’s reluctance to travel to destinations like Egypt and Turkey leading to a price hike for family favourite destinations like the Balearics and Canary Islands.
I personally made the decision to take my children out of school and save £600 on our family holiday to Majorca and risk paying a fine to our local council. My children's education always come first and that's best served by them being in school. However, there is a case to be made for recognition of the importance of family time – something that is lacking in many families with the pressures of juggling the work/life balance and the increased amount of homework coming from school eating into any family time.
On return from our holiday I was greeted to a fine from the council for £60 per parent per child, a staggering £240!
I begrudge paying this, but even taking the cost of the fine into account I was still in profit with my holiday saving.
Would I do it again? Definitely!
Did my children’s education suffer? No- they enjoyed a week of experiencing a different culture and remembering what it’s like to be a child!
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