Term Time Holiday Debate Rumbles On


By One Education
on 17 July, 2016

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Term Time Holiday Debate Rumbles On

The term time holiday debate continues.

The high profile court judgement in May, followed by a petition of around 200,000 signatures, and a pending appeal, means this issue is not going away. Parliament discussed the petition on Monday 11 July, and stated "We have supported the Isle of Wight’s decision to appeal to the Supreme Court [and] we will have more to say about next steps in due course". The DfE published figures that showing a 54% increase in penalty notices issued in 2014-2015 from the previous year, a total of 151,125. However, this was prior to the high court ruling.

Already local authorities, schools and academies are reacting and of 80 local authorities surveyed, ten councils have dropped cases, six have suspended issuing fines and 11 were reviewing their policy. The implication being that fines will either be diluted or completely eradicated.

As there are no clear changes in legislation or guidelines yet, schools should make sure that their own practices are clear and parents are fully aware of any possible consequences.

With summer holidays approaching, ensure that parents are aware of your term dates and consider using digital media to send a reminder the week before you return.

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