A holiday with your family is a much needed opportunity to unwind and spend time bonding and making memories with your children. In recent years however, the government has tightened the rulings on parents taking their children out of school during term time. With the Supreme Court having confirmed that you cannot take your child out of school for a family holiday without the risk of being fined, an uproar has been sparked amongst parents – many of whom cannot afford to pay the extortionate fees that some travel companies charge during the school holidays.
Holidays in term time
If you wish to take your child out of school now during term time in England, you will need to ask their head teacher for permission first. And more often than not this absence will only granted if there are ‘exceptional circumstances’, such as visiting a seriously ill family member or attending a funeral. The Department of Education have made it clear that family holidays are very unlikely to be authorised.
So what action could be taken against you if you take your children out of school on an unauthorised absence?
The current rules on term-time absences could mean that if the Local Education Authority believes your child is missing out on their education for no good reason, they can issue you with a fine of £60, which will increase to £120 if it’s not paid within 21 days. If you do not pay within 28 days you can be taken to the Magistrates’ Court under the Education Act of 1996. And if you are found guilty you could find yourself facing a criminal record, a fine of up to £2,500, court costs and even a three month jail sentence.
If you feel you have been unfairly fined for taking your child out of school during term time then here at Vanguard Law Solicitors we can offer you expert legal aid. We will work alongside you to advise you on the best form of legal action and guide you throughout the process. For your free initial consultation get in touch today on 01282 792577.