Petition to take kids on holiday in term time without being fined hits 100k target in less than two days

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a petition calling for parents to be allowed to take their children on holiday during term time has hit the 100,000 target in just 36 hours.

Dave Hedley, the man behind the campaign, has thanked the families of Manchester for giving their support. He set it up after being fined for taking his children out of school for five days despite it being the only time they could get away during his wife’s cancer treatment. 

Dave only launched the petition on Monday but has already reached the 100k signature mark he needs for it to be considered for a debate in Parliament. He told the M.E.N.: “The petition gained over 100,000 signatures in 36 hours which I did not expect at all.

“This is obviously such a great topic of discussion nationwide which we all feel passionate about.”

But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Gemma Bullock said: “How can teachers plan lessons to ensure every child covers everything they need to without endless repetition?

“Yes travel broadens the mind etc but it can do that in the existing 13 weeks off and it can do it without the need to go on expensive holidays abroad.”

The petition now has more than 124,000 signatures. 

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