Private School Parents Exempt From Term Time Holiday Fines

Private School Parents Exempt From Term Time Holiday Fines
Maria Teijeiro

Families with children in private schools can go on holiday during term time without fear of being fined, unlike the parents of children in state schools.

According to a recent survey, 69 per cent of parents think this discrepancy is 'deeply unfair'.

"I don't see why they should be any different in the scheme of things," one mum told the researchers commissioned by Travelzoo.

"The Government is trying to cut down on truancy so why should privately educated children be any different from state school children?"

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In September 2013, the Government passed new legislation, which meant that parents who take their children out of state school lessons for a holiday risk facing a £120 fine per child.

The new rules, imposed by Education Secretary Michael Gove, mean that state schools can now only grant children days off during term time for 'exceptional circumstances' - which doesn't include family holidays.

Not only are private schools exempt from this legislation, but their terms tend to be shorter than state school terms. So parents of privately educated children can often bag cheaper holidays before state schools break up - a further annoyance for 73 per cent of the parents surveyed.

The cost of flights can increase by more than 80 per cent between the date that private schools break up and when the state school holiday starts.

However, 29 per cent of parents said that they felt it was 'fair enough' that parents of children in private schools don't face the fines as 'they pay for their children's education'.

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