Term-time holidays must be made illegal, Supreme Court told

The Independent is reporting that the Supreme Court have been informed by education chiefs that term-time holidays must be made illegal.

Taking a child on holiday for seven consecutive days during term time without a school’s permission cannot on any view be lawful, a QC for education chiefs has told the Supreme Court.

The submission was made during a Supreme Court hearing brought by Isle of Wight council on Tuesday.

The local education authority is seeking to overturn a High Court ruling in May last year clearing Jon Platt of failing to ensure his daughter’s regular attendance at school.

Mr Platt, 46, won the landmark case last year after being prosecuted for taking his daughter out of school to go on holiday during term time. The father of three was fined £60 in April 2015, after her Isle of Wight school refused permission for seven days of absence.

Refusing to pay the fine, Mr Platt’s charge doubled to £120, and he quickly became embroiled in a row with his local council.

Parents argue that vacations in peak holiday periods are up to four times more expensive, however, costing the typical family the equivalent of £1,771 extra per trip.

Since the landmark case was won last year, some 35 local councils in England have changed their policy on fining parents, according to a BBC investigation.

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    • Janet Downs

      Difficult when academy trusts can change their own holidays. LAs’ ability to set area-wide holiday times has now practically disappeared.

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