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Ruling clarifies position on "term time holidays"

Education chiefs in Wolverhampton say a Supreme Court ruling on so called "term time holidays" clarifies the position for parents and schools.

The ban on parents taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time was upheld by the Supreme Court this week after a father lost his legal challenge against a fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term time trip to Disney World in Florida.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "We want the best possible education for children and young people in Wolverhampton, and for this to happen, they need to be attending school.

"More than 85% of our schools are either Good or Outstanding in the City, and it clear that regular attendance supports excellent outcomes for us all.

"No child should be taken out of school without good reason, and by permitting their children to be off school in anything other than exceptional circumstances, parents are not only undermining the work of the school but also compromising their child's learning and development.

"The Supreme Court ruling has clarified the position, both for parents and for schools, and is good news for children and good news for learning."

Delivering the judgment, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, said: "Unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect, not only on the education of the individual child but also on the work of other pupils.

"If one pupil can be taken out whenever it suits the parent, then so can others. Any educational system expects people to keep the rules. Not to do so is unfair to those parents who do keep the rules, whatever the costs or inconvenience to themselves."

  • released: Thursday 6 April, 2017