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Families accuse Government of nanny state

Have you ever defied Government rules and taken your child on holiday during the school term?


As parents feel the pinch when it comes to their finances, many are choosing the cheaper route of holidaying while their children should be at school.

But is it wrong for parents to book cheap breaks in term time?

Currently those who take their children out of school for a holiday are fined £60 if they do not have the correct permission.

Parents refusing to pay the fee could then be fined up to £2,500 by the courts and even jailed for up to three months.

Now, Britain’s parents are calling on the Government and local authorities to stop fining those who choose a break in the sunshine during the school term.

According to a nationwide survey of 7,000 households, 70 per cent have accused the Government of acting like a nanny state over the issue.

They have called for an immediate change in the law to allow parents to take their children on holiday, anytime.

The poll also found 68 per cent of parents complained that head teachers deserved a D minus and should not have the right to penalise parents.

Of those that supported the school policy 52 per cent said taking children away in term time disrupted their education.

Choosing to take your child out of school is not an easy decision for parents to make.

There are some reasons that absence under normal circumstances will be approved – attending a family funeral, hospital or medical appointments.

For many families it is worth checking your local authority the code of conduct for wanting to take your child out of school.

It is up to the parents to decide whether the cost of a holiday during school time overrides the price of education.

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