A father fined for taking his child out of school for a family holiday has had the punishment revoked.
But what does this mean for the future?
Jon Platt was ordered to pay a fine after taking his daughter on holiday during school term time – but an appeal has led to him having the fine overturned.
The 44-year-old argued that this instance of unauthorised absence did not mean his daughter failed to attend school regularly.
He also said that his children’s education is “critically important” – and that he never would have taken them out of school if he thought it would be affected.
Despite campaigning group Parents Want A Say welcoming the news, which they say may help more parents challenge the fines, the Department of Education has said that the case does not set a precedent.
A spokesman added: “Our evidence shows missing the equivalent of just one week a year from school can mean a child is significantly less likely to achieve good GCSE grades, having a lasting effect on their life chances.”
But what do you think?
Should you be able to take your child out of school in term time for cheaper holidays?