Dad dot info form. Ask questions, get answers | Opinion | Latest News | Term-time holiday fines treble

Term-time holiday fines treble

More than 50,000 penalties were issued last year to mums and dads for taking their children on holiday during term time


According to Government figures, the number of fines has more than trebled in two years, up 173% from the 18,484 handed out by local authorities in 2012/13.

The Local Government Association is calling for the current Government to end what it calls the “controversial policy” following the steep increase.

It wants the system to be changed so that individual requests can be considered with a “common sense approach”.

The body highlighted recent court cases in its appeal which it says show the existing system is not always enforceable.

Only last week, a father from the Isle of Wight won a court battle after he refused to pay a £120 school fine.

Jon Platt was handed the penalty for taking his six year-old daughter on holiday to Walt Disney World in Florida in April.

In court he successfully argued, that Section 444 of the Education Act required parents to ensure their children attended school “regularly”, and did not put restrictions on taking them on holidays in term time.

Mr Platt said: “There has been precedent set in the High Court that says that unauthorised holiday in term time is not in itself a breach of the legislation if the child has attended school regularly.

“My daughter had 100% attendance and by the end of the year but because of the holiday she had 94%. That cannot amount to a breach of legislation.”

But headteachers say that while there are times when children have to miss school, holidays are not a valid reason.

By law children must be educated between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16.

For more information on the current rules surrounding holidays in term time visit:

Related entries LIVE: The First Year is Survival LIVE: The First Year is Survival

On Thursday 29th October at 12 Noon will be live on Facebook chatting all things TWINS!   CLICK HERE TO JOIN US LIVE AT 12 NOON Leonie and Josh Huie, Mum and Dad to fraternal twin girls (their twin heartbeats) chat with Ian Soars, CEO of LIVE: The First Year is Survival

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys... LIVE: The First Year is Survival

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

The news is buzzing with stories of children reenacting scenes from the hit Netflix show Squid Game. Kids as young as 6 have seen enough of the violent series to be 'playing' it on the playground, and there are reports of children being hurt. The story of the series,...

The value of praise

The value of praise

As parents we all want to raise happy, confident children. Receiving praise is an important part of boosting their self esteem, and giving it in the right way is important. Look beyond achievements and focus elsewhere Firstly, it's important to look beyond winning or...

Pin It on Pinterest