The Government says it will change the law on school attendance following a High Court victory by a man who took his daughter to Florida in term time.
Jon Platt took on Isle of Wight Council after it refused to accept an earlier court judgment that he had been right to take his family on a trip without permission. Sky’s Jonathan Samuels says many parents will now see the ruling as “carte blanche” to take their children out of school on holiday whenever they want. The scenario of thousands of children missing several weeks of lessons prompted the Department for Education to issue a warning. A spokesperson said: “The evidence is clear that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil’s chance of gaining good GCSEs, which has a lasting effect on their life chances.
Children should attend school regularly but there is a bigger picture than just learning in the classroom, which the government, local authority & media do not talk about. If it’s so important that children have to learn in the classroom, why most schools have day trips to museums, theatres or outdoor activities such as rock climbing etc.
In addition, schools have week trips to where the whole class taken to places like London or to other cities around Europe. So if it’s OK for schools to take the children out of the classroom then parents should not be fined for term time holiday as children can learn just as much outside the classroom.
This is the biggest double standard are teacher training day, why do teachers need to take these days in term time when they get about 12 weeks off a year, it’s a extra day that parents have to pay for child care cost if they are at work. The school(s) should cover the cost of these days or have teacher training days in their holidays. The last one is when do construction workers take their holidays if they are required to work in the school holidays when the schools are closed?
Education – Not Boot Camps.