Fine for Taking Child out of School
Fines for Taking Holidays in Term Time.
Cheap Family Holidays
Cheap family holidays during term time have long been a temptation for many families that can’t afford them during the school holidays.
But theses days, parents are asking themselves a combination of questions, from ‘what are the rules?’ to ‘is it really worth it?’
Holidays During Term Time
But first, before I move onto the facts, figures and opinions, I’m going to get straight on with the rant.
My #effitfriday Rant
The summer before our eldest son started school, we knew it would be the last time we would be able to have a holiday during term time. Whilst we had taken him out of pre-school for the occasional day, taking him out of school, was going to be a no-no.
Three years have passed since then, and with our eldest now about to make the transition up to junior school, I can proudly say that in the nine terms that have passed, he has only had about three days off. These three days were due to illness (mainly a bad cold brought on by his asthma).
And, it has to be said, Joshua has been proud of his 100% attendance certificate, each time he has brought one home.
We, as parents, also believe that by teaching them to work on their attendance at such an early age, once they start work, it will continue.
So why then, do I need the feel to rant?
Because there so many inconsistencies with the rules!
Now, any parent will know that when your little one achieves something, it doesn’t take long before they are sharing (or boasting about) their achievements with other kids.
During one of these conversations, I heard a ‘me too’ when the topic of receiving a certificate for 100% attendance was raised. My ears soon pricked up and I just had to butt in.
“So, you achieved a 100% attendance this term too did you?”
“Well done. A great achievement.”
I have to admit, I was a little confused. I knew the children had taken time out of school to go on a ten-day holiday during term time. Without doubting the kids, I wanted to figure out how they had managed to take a ten-day holiday, during term time and still receive a certificate of recognition, so I went to ask their parents.
I knew I had to be a little diplomatic about this subject and I didn’t want to come across a little cheesed off.
“So, how did the kids manage to achieve a 100% attendance record when you took them out for a holiday during term time?”
“They had authorised absence”
“Really? So because they had permission to go on holiday, during term time, they were able to keep their 100% attendance record?”
“That’s right. Had we just taken them out without telling the school first, we would have got into trouble for unauthorised absence.”
Now compare that to our school where you can only get authorised absence under extreme circumstances, where is the consistency in the rules from one school to the other?
I bare no grudge!
Believe it or not, I bear no grudges against parents that choose to take their kids out of school during term time so that they can have a holiday. If that’s what you believe you have to do, that’s your decision.
And I don’t even have a problem with the holiday industry for raising the prices during the school holidays. It’s called supply and demand.
However, what I do have a problem with is the inconsistency of rules from one school to another. Kids don’t understand the politics and policies of what goes on behind the scenes, they just see their friends flying away on nice holidays whilst they have to contend with getting in a car and going to France.
Try explaining that to a six-year-old, in a diplomatic way.
So, what are the rules, officially?
If you want to take your child out of school during term time, you can only do so by obtaining direct permission from the head teacher.
Even then, you have to seek permission in advance and they have to be exceptional circumstances.
For further guidance, you may find these websites useful
What are the punishments?
The be all and end all is that you’re going to get a fine. How much the fine will be will depend on each individual case as local authorities and schools deal with these issues on a case by case.
Again, there is no consistency.
Articles from around the web.
As you can see, this is a very popular topic between parents and with news, rules and regulations changing all the time, you really need to keep on top of it.
- Can parents take their children on holiday during school terms – Q&A. The Telegraph
- Parents to be allowed to take children out of class during term time – Mail online
- Parents must be allowed to take children out of school for holidays – The Telegraph
- Term time holiday ban prices out poor, warns union – BBC
- Parents Ordered To Pay £1,000 For Taking Children On Holiday During Term Time – Huffington Post
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