The latest report issued by Government Truancy Advisor, Charlie Taylor, states that parents are risking their child’s education if they continually decide to take advantage of cheap term-time breaks. However, plans to punish parents for this through fines has been dropped in favour of using the discretion of the school’s Headteacher.
This report was commissioned in the wake of last summer’s riots and shows that on average children are absent from school for 8 days as a result of sickness or medical appointments. If you were to add on an annual two week holiday, this would mean that by the time they leave school at 16, they will have missed almost a year of school.
There is a call for truancy penalties to be increased from £50 to £60 as a deterrent for regular offenders, doubling to £120 if they do not pay within 28 days. Those parents who refuse to pay will find that the money will be taken from their Child Benefit allowance.
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