Parents are discouraged from taking family holidays or trips abroad during term time.
Between September 2012 and Easter 2013 more than 41,000 days of education were lost due to parents in the district taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time. Children who miss significant period of time in school miss out on important teaching and learning and this absence can seriously harm the children’s progress and attainment.
Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and schools are responsible for making sure they receive a good education. It is important that children and young people regularly attend school because every school day counts.
Parents can demonstrate their commitment to their child’s education by not taking them out of school in term time for holidays.
If parents take their children out of school without first seeking the school’s permission or take their children out after permission has been denied, could receive a penalty notice fine of £60 per parent per child. A family of two parents and two children would receive a fine of £240. From 1 September 2013 parents have 21 days to pay the fine. If the fine is not paid within this period the fine doubles to £120 per parent per child and has to be paid within 7 days. Failure to pay the fine at all will result in Bradford Children’s Services taking the matter before the Magistrates Court where they could be fined up to £1,000.
The procedures are clear: