How much can I be fined for taking my children out

first_imgHow much can I be fined for taking my children out of school during term-time?If you take them out of school without permission you can receive a fine of £60*, which increases to £120 if you’ve not paid it within 21 days. If you continue to not pay the fine. after 28 days you could face going to court and end up paying £2,500 or even receiving three months in jail.How much do holiday prices increase when school is out?We’ve compared flight prices from last year’s Easter holidays with those from the week after (when the kids will be back in school). Here are the average price increases to the most popular destinations:Palma: 70%Malaga: 69%Berlin: 64%Barcelona: 63%Tenerife: 55%Dublin: 55%Alicante: 49%Belfast: 47%Orlando: 36%Dubai: 24%Paris: 24%Amsterdam: 23%Edinburgh: 10%New York: 8%How can holiday companies get away with hiking up prices?It all comes down to supply and demand. Just because more of us want to get away during the school holidays, it doesn’t mean that there’s an increase in the supply of airline seats or hotels rooms. As demand for these increases, it’s hardly surprising that prices usually go up, tempting many parents to take their children out of school during times when demand is lower and holidays are cheaper. 2. Take advantage of flash salesLots of airlines have flash sales these days, and some flight dates might just fall during school holidays. It means being not too fussy on where you go and jumping on a good deal when you see it, but it can save you a lot of cash. Have a look at our tips for finding flash sales flights before it’s too late and never miss a school holiday bargain again!3. Search ‘Everywhere’Being flexible on where you go on half-term or summer hols can save you cash – how about swapping Spanish sun for the beautiful beaches of Croatia? We’ve got a handy tool to help you find a cheap holiday if you’re not fussed where you go, it’s called our ‘everywhere’ search and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, you can search for flights to everywhere! Check it our and give it a whirl here. And in case you’re looking for cheap family holiday inspiration, we’ve got it covered right here.Have a go searching for cheap flights ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How can I avoid being stung by price increases and save money on my family holiday?1. Sign up for Price AlertsSign up for Price Alert emails and we’ll let you know as soon as a the flights you’re tracking go up (or down).center_img What did the Supreme Court decide?Judges unanimously ruled to uphold a £120 fine on 46-year old father Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Florida for a week during term-time, despite being told by her school’s headteacher that this was not allowed. This comes after almost two years of legal battles with his local education authority, Isle of Wight council, whose original fine of £60 he successfully challenged. The deputy president of the court, Lady Hale, said:“Unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect, not only on the education of the individual child but also on the work of other pupils.” Why is this such an important ruling?In short, it means that the ban on taking your kids out of school during term-time is still in force – nothing on this front has changed, you will still be fined if you take your children out of school without the permission of the their headteacher. What this ruling also means is that a child’s overall attendance record should not, and will not, be taken into account when deciding if you’ve broken the rules when taking them out of school during term-time. Mr. Platt had argued that his daughter’s attendance at school was consistent enough to warrant a week off for a holiday, but this ruling makes his daughter’s attendance record irrelevant. Is it legal to take children out of school during term-time for holidays?If they are sick, or you have permission from their headteacher, then yes it is legal and ok for you take your kids out of school. Permission must be requested well in advance of your planned holiday. Headteachers were able to grant 10 days authorised absence, but now they can’t give any days unless they are for ‘exceptional circumstances’.last_img

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