Have you taken your children out of school to go on a family holiday this year? Would you consider doing it in the future?
Did you know that families with children in the private education sector are not liable for fines if they take their children out of school during term time for holidays unlike those with children in state schools. A new survey that spoke to parents with school aged children found 69% think this is deeply unfair on those attending state schools.
Many private schools have shorter terms and longer holidays, meaning they can potentially avoid peak travel times. Once again parents have voiced their frustration on the matter; 73% claim it is unfair, especially as research shows an increase of over 80% in flights to popular destinations between the date private schools break up and the date the state schools finish for the summer.
The Government passed legislation to remove ‘family holiday’ as a reason to take children out of school during term time, despite this change over half (50%) admit they have taken children out during term time and have concealed the reasons for doing so and a further 53% said they would continue to. Over half (56%) believe that the decision lies with the parents when taking children out of school during term time, and interestingly 1 in 10 would definitely report parents for doing this.
It has been argued by parents that if a child’s attendance is above 90% then a holiday during term time should be allowed (53%). Other suggestions include David Cameron’s idea of staggering school holidays – in fact three quarters believe this to be a great solution. However some have argued that it comes with risks of longer periods of time having increased holiday prices, which in turn could affect more holiday makers.
What do you think Mojomums? Over to you…
The research was commissioned by Travelzoo who are campaigning for a better solution for parents.