Parents in Lichfield and Burntwood given new guidance on term time holidays

New temporary measures mean parents in Lichfield and Burntwood who take their children on holiday during term time will only be fined if they miss ten days or more.

Staffordshire County Council has issued the following a recent court ruling.

The authority says the temporary measures will remain in place until a full-scale review is completed and the legal case is resolved in the Supreme Court.

The guidance means cars will be referred to the council when a child has more than ten days of unauthorised absence over two half terms in a row.

Cllr Ben Adams

Cllr Ben Adams

Councillor Ben Adams, the county council’s education lead, said the move was a “common-sense approach” in light of recent rulings.

“We recognise that the recent ruling in the Isle of Wight case has led to some uncertainty for parents,” he said. “In order to give them some clarity, we are taking a common-sense approach while we take a closer look at our guidance.

“We are clear that there is a direct link between regular attendance and improved performance in the classroom, and parents have a duty to work closely with schools to ensure their child attends regularly. However, we also understand that with the rising cost of holidays and work commitments, taking holidays out of term time isn’t always possible for a lot of parents.

“Some authorities have suspended fines altogether. We didn’t think this was right for Staffordshire as we have seen the majority of parents responding well to the rules and not taking their children out of term time.

“We want to ensure parents — and head teachers — have as much clarity as possible while the review takes place, so they can continue to ensure their children stay in school and get the most from their education.”

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6 Comments

  1. Jb

    27th July, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    What right does anyone have to fine parents at all ,shouldn’t travel firms be fined for making holidays more expensive out of term times knowing parents have no choice but to pay inflated costs

  2. JCJ

    27th July, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Could not agree more JB. The cost should be the same school holiday or not. Parents get completely ripped off by this scam.

  3. Gail brooks

    27th July, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    It’s all about quality family time which parents/guardians should be allowed to have thankyou for this common sense rule if kids are always off yes something should be done it should be investigated in case of anything untoward is happening

  4. Angela Drinkwater-Lunn.

    28th July, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I would like to charge for the number of extra hours worked caused by parents taking children out of school for holidays.It shows a total disregard for the input of hardworking teachers.Education is taken for granted these days.So sad parents think so little of teachers and no wonder so few are taking up the profession.Disney World should be banned big time.

  5. Jb

    28th July, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I don’t think it has anything to do with respect for teachers it simply comes down to what makes a families books balence , and being the partner of a teacher, I can tell you kids have no respect for them in the slightest and all the hard work they put in out of school,my daughter wanted to be a teacher and thank god she chose a different profession ,with the threat of academies looming who wants to be told how to teach by someone with limited teaching experience .

  6. Chantelle

    21st August, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    This is a long standing fearce debate. That seems to have loomed in the background for the last 15-20 years or so. Whilst I have the upmost respect for teachers and the work they do, it is very difficult for parents to justify quality family time, fitting in with term time. The spiralling costs of taking children on holiday during none term time in the UK is (I believe) a major factor in the decission of parents taking a break with their children during term time. Coupled with the fact that year upon year, the scale of single parents and care givers is increasing. Family units are not what they used to be. With the combinations of ‘family’ in the UK being as varied and widespread as the human race itself. Originally I believe the summer holiday was given by the government to children to help with the harvest as it was all hands on deck. Sure times have changed and the origin of the summer holiday no longer relevant to now. So surly is needs looking at more closely within central government. There has already been a call for the summer holiday to be shortened to 4 weeks rather than 6. And the extra 2 weeks added to Easter and Christmas holidays. I feel sorry for the parents/care givers and teachers all round as they are locked in a (to-fro) battle not of their making or choosing. Times have changed, and these times need to be adjusted to serve better our young people in our education systems for starters as well as business where parents are working and teachers who are trying to give the education set out by central government. It affects us all in lots of areas. The first port of call (in the short term) should be better prices for holidays during none term time. Not the highked up prices families are left to pay due to so called demand. This would perhaps elevate the need to have a family holiday during term time. Who knows when this massive issue will be looked at properly by central government, after the many other pressing issues our country has to deal with? NHS ; Global Debt ; Immagration ; terrorism ; leaving the EU to name just a few.

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