How much can I be fined for taking my children out

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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