24,000 kids miss school every day to go on a cut-price family holiday

Minister backs head teachers in taking tough action against parents who take their children out of school during term-time.

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Most of us are feeling the pinch and it seems some parents are resorting to term-time holidays to save some cash, with 24,000 pupils missing school every day to go on a cheap family break.

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According to official figures from the Department for Education, that means 4.5 million days of schooling are missed over the course of a year.

“Term-time holidays are all too often seen as the rule when it should be the exception and so we back head teachers in taking a strong stance against allowing them,” said Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

“Over the coming months we will be giving stronger powers to schools to send a clear message to pupils and parents that persistent absence is unacceptable,” he added.

Parents who remove their child without the permission of their school risk a £100 fine, or even a jail term.

The government and teachers are urging parents to realise the impact a term-time holiday can have on their child’s education.

“We empathise with parents about the eye-watering cost of peak-time holidays. But education is so important. Head teachers are desperately reluctant to see youngsters miss classes for holidays,” said Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers.

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