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Term-time Holidays on Rise Since Court Ruling

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Term time holidays

A survey of 562 parents by car insurer Esure found that 46% are either likely or more likely to take their children on a term-time holiday since the High Court ruled in favour of Isle of Wight father Jon Platt. Platt refused to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school on the basis that she attended regularly during the rest of the academic year. 

These figures indicate that 1.7 million or 21% of families aim to take or will consider taking a term-time break in the next year. However, after Mr Platt’s successful challenge to the fine using to his daughter's 90% attendance rate, government ministers have promised to close what they describe as a 'loophole’. Schools Minister Nick Gibb has stated that the government will do ‘everything in its power’ to make sure headteachers can keep children in school and has asked the Isle of Wight Council to return to court to appeal the ruling.

Almost 50,000 parents were fined for taking holidays in term-time during the 2013/14 academic year, and almost 75,000 in 2014/15. Some local councils are believed to be continuing to enforce fines for parents who do this.

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