Monday, 20 February 2012

Education Secretary 'to ban term time holidays'

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to take a tougher stance on parents who take children out of school in order to go on holiday. The move will come into practice by withdrawing headteachers ability to sanction up to two weeks a year of 'authorised absence' for each pupil.

It is estimated that 4.5 million days of schooling are missed by pupils each year under the current system where headteachers are said to be pressured to grant absence in order for children to go on holiday, while holiday prices are lower. The period of 'authorised absence' has traditionally been meant to cover illness, bad weather or bereavements.

Time will tell whether this means that attendance records will improve or that now only well off families will be able to go on holiday when they are officially allowed to.