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Monday, 16 May 2016

Should you be allowed to take your child out of school during term time?

Should you be allowed to take your child out of school during term time?

Should you be allowed to take your child out of school during term time?

Should you be allowed to take your child out of school during term time? Does it damage their education? Or is it unfair on people who don't want to go on holiday with other people's children?

After Jon Platt's High Court victory allowing him to take his daughter out of school WITHOUT paying a fine, we want your views and opinions. 

A father who refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday has won a High Court ruling in his favour.
Magistrates had ruled that Jon Platt had no case to answer as, overall, his daughter had attended school regularly.
Isle of Wight Council had asked the High Court to clarify whether a seven-day absence amounted to a child failing to attend regularly.
The government says it will now consider making alterations to the law.
"We will look at the judgement in detail but are clear children's attendance is non-negotiable so we will now look to change the law," said a spokesman for the Department for Education.
"We also plan to strengthen statutory guidance to schools and local authorities."

'Wider picture'

Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mrs Justice Thirlwall dismissed the council's challenge, ruling that the magistrates had not "erred in law" when reaching their decision.
They ruled that the magistrates were entitled to take into account the "wider picture" of the child's attendance record outside of the dates she was absent during the holiday.
Outside court after the ruling, Mr Platt said: "I am obviously hugely relieved. I know there was an awful lot riding on this, not just for me but for hundreds of other parents.
"I think it's a very sensible judgement. It wasn't a complicated matter.
"Ultimately the arguments put forward on behalf of the Isle of Wight council amounted to, as the judge spelt out, if he was to believe and take it to its natural conclusion... a single day's absence from school amounted to a criminal offence.
"And no court was ever going to agree that that was what 'regularly' meant in terms of the Education Act."

Tougher regulations

Jonathan Bacon, leader of Isle of Wight Council, said he was disappointed the ruling had failed to clarify the definition of attending school "regularly".
Mr Bacon said government guidance had been that it meant attending every school day, but added: "Today's ruling may be taken to imply that parents can take children out of school on holiday for up to three weeks every year.
"This will clearly have a detrimental effect on the education of those children," he argued.
Labour's shadow education secretary Lucy Powell called the ruling the "worst of both worlds".
"All the evidence shows that regular attendance at school is an important part of ensuring that children fulfil their potential.
"This decision has been coming for a long time and the government has missed earlier opportunities to deal with it decisively," said Ms Powell.
Read more here - BBC

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