Term time holidays: Clearing up the confusion

05 Jan 2016

The number of penalty notices issued and prosecutions pursued by educational authorities against parents rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, according to Government figures. In 2014, 16,430 people were prosecuted for failing to ensure their children went to school, representing an increase of more than 3,000 (25 percent) over the previous year.

James Adams, schools legal support at BLM, has written for Academy Today, looking at the penalty notices issued to parents who take their children out of school during term time and the confusion that surrounds them.

Almost 12,500 people were found guilty of truancy offences - a rise of 22 percent – and there were 9,214 fines, averaging £172, issued by courts – an increase of 30 percent. Driving this is the Government’s new campaign to reduce the number of days that children are absent from school and to “challenge the culture of expectation to term time holiday”.

You can read James’ article in full on the Academy Today website.

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