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Calls for term-time holidays to return
Friday October 24, 2014 - Email this article to a friend

The Local Government Association says the ban on parents taking their children out of school for a holiday should be ended. It calls for common-sense to be re-introduced.

The organisation says the ban does not recognise the complexities of modern family life.

Local authorities are obliged to issue the fines and persue parents who are to be punished.

Parents can receive automatic penalty notices of £60 per child per parent.

This rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days.

Those who do not pay can be prosecuted with a maximum fine of £2,500 or a jail sentence of up to three months.

See here for the full story on the BBC.

Only this week on PlanetSKI we reported on a head teacher from Bedford who is, quite within the rules, taking her own holiday in term-time next January; some parents detect some hypocrisy.

And we have reported in the past on the matter is it directly affects families that ski and snowboard.

The issue of parents taking children out of school has had a significant impact on skiers and snowboarders with young children and we have reported on the issues raised on numerous occasions; see here for our report as the law came into force in September 2013.

Many ski companies have called on the government to change the law.

The latest one was Ski Famille - see here for our story as it demanded a re-think.

The Local Government Association supports the position of the Department for Education that every child should be in school every day it said there were occasions when circumstances should be given individual consideration.

"Ensuring every child has a good school attendance is of paramount concern for everyone working with children. However, common sense must prevail in cases when mums and dads ask to take their child out of school during term-time if there is a legitimate reason," said the chairman of the LGA's children and young people board, David Simmonds.

"An outright ban is too simplistic and doesn't recognise that family life and circumstances aren't always so black and white," he added.

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