Term-time holiday fines are under review in some areas

The BBC is reporting that an investigation into term-time holiday fines has found that 35 councils in England have changed their policy.

It follows a successful high court appeal by a father last year against a £120 fine levied by the Isle of Wight. 

The case will reach the Supreme Court this week where judges will consider what constitutes regular attendance. Ministers argue missing days at school has an impact on pupils’ GCSEs.

Most parents simply pay the fines issued for unauthorised absence from school to avoid prosecution. But Jon Platt refused after facing prosecution for taking his daughter out of school for a term-time holiday. 

He has argued that her attendance was regular because even after the holiday it was over the 90% threshold set out by the Isle of Wight in its policy.

In September 2013 new guidelines came into force in England, making the policy on unauthorised term-time absences the toughest in the UK. It followed concerns that some families had begun to see going away in term-time as an entitlement.

Now head teachers in England are only able to give permission for a pupil to miss school in “exceptional circumstances.”

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