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Should parents be able to take their children out of school in term time for cheaper holidays?
Should parents be able to take their children out of school in term time for cheaper holidays?

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.”

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Should you be able to take your child out of school in term time for cheaper holidays?

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