A petition is demanding that the coalition reverses the ban on pupils in England taking holidays during term-time, claiming that it ‘adversely affects’ many families.
Since 1st September headteachers have not been able to grant absences outside school holidays except under ‘exceptional circumstances’. They used to be able to permit up to 10 days a year for family holidays in ‘special circumstances’, but this is no longer allowed, the BBC reports.
A petition against the ban, on the 38-Degrees Campaigns By You website, has been signed by over 127,500 people. “These changes will adversely affect many families who cannot afford the cost of a holiday in school holidays,” the petition claims, “Also not all businesses can allow their staff to be off all at the same time therefore is the department of education now saying that children are not entitled to holidays with their parents any more. I feel that most MPs in the Government had holidays with their parents when they were younger so why do they think they have the power to stop our children’s generation from enjoying the same lifestyle?”
The petition demands that pupils who have a good attendance record should be allowed to have an annual holiday with their parents of up to 10 days once a year.
Parent Craig Langman, who started the petition, said that holidays taken during school breaks can be three times as much as during term-time and that the decision whether to allow time off during the term should remain with headteachers: “I’m not asking kids to have a guaranteed extra two weeks on top of their existing 10 weeks’ holiday each year – but this blanket ban on term-time holidays with the threat of a fine is almost killing families.”
Should parents be allowed to take their children on holiday during term time – what do you think?