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Term time holidays now a criminal offence

The supreme court has upheld the ban on parents taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time, marking the end of ‘legal’ term time holidays for parents and their children.  

Mr Platt, a parent who was taken to court after refusing to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school during the school term, won his case at his local magistrates court.  However, his local authority appealed this decision and the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a ban on term time holidays.

Mr Platt’s comment highlights the implications of this ruling and how serious this is for all parents: 

“To attend regularly no longer means to attend frequently, it now means to attend on all the days and at all the times that the school requires it. Every unauthorised absence, including being a minute late to school, is now a criminal offence.”

Mr Platt said that the supreme court had overturned not only earlier decisions in his case but also landmark rulings made by the high court in 1969 and 2006. 

You can read the full article reported in The Guardian here.

You can read ‘What are the rules’ as reported in The Telegraph here

 

 

 
 

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