Term-time holidays: should the Government change the law? If so, how?
You may well have heard already about Isle of Wight dad Jon Platt, who refused to pay his £120 fine for taking his daughter out of school for a family holiday. He took the matter to court, and now the High Court has ruled in his favour.
The High Court judge agreed that the child's overall school attendance record was "satisfactory" and Mr Platt had no case to answer for taking his daughter to Florida during the school term.
This judgment implies that any parent whose child has a "regular attendance" (at least 90% of school-term days) could now take their child on holiday in term-time for up to 19 days a year.
But the Department of Education has already said it will move quickly to "strengthen statutory guidance to schools and local authorities" – which sounds very much like the Government is going to change the law to make it even harder to take a child out of school for a holiday.
So, what do you think?
Should the Government change the law on term-time holidays?
And if so, how should they change it?
Should it be changed so that it's OK to take your child out of school for a term-time holiday if your child's attendance record is good?
Or should it NEVER be OK to for any parent to take a child out of school for a holiday?
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