Parents in Nottingham have said they would take their children out of school during term time if it meant a cheaper family holiday. At the end of March, Nottinghamshire Live reported that the number of parents being punished with fines for failing to make sure their children attend school was the highest it has been for five years in both the city and county. Parents have a legal duty to make sure their child attends school. If they don’t, the child’s head teacher can request that the local authority issues the parent with a “fixed penalty notice”. This is a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days and rises to £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the money goes unpaid then the local authority can begin the process of prosecuting the parent. New figures published by the Department for Education revealed 1,420 fines were handed to parents in Nottingham in 2017/18 - the highest level since 2013/14 (726). Most of the fines handed to mums and dads in … [Read more...] about Would you take your child out of school for a cheaper holiday?
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A mum who let her child miss school for a whole year has been fined just £585. The parent, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her child, was also given a one-year community order and fitted with an electronic tag The mum was hauled before a judge sitting at Willesden Magistrates’ Court. The court heard how Harrow Council took action against the mum after she failed to send her child to school for an entire academic year. If you take your child out of school without permission, you risk receiving a fine of £60, which rises to £120 if paid after 21 days. Councils can take action against parents who have kids of compulsory school age but don’t sent them to school, prosecuting them under the Education Act (1996). The court heard how the judge ruled that the offence was a ‘category one’ level, meaning the most serious. She was handed a one year community order, told to take part in a 10-day rehabilitation activity, wear an … [Read more...] about Paltry fine handed to mum who let child miss whole school year
A single dad has slammed a £60 fine for taking his son out of school to go to Portugal in term time. Anthony Gardiner, 47, from Tuebrook, said he needed to make the trip to sell a house he owns near Porto, insisting it “was not a holiday but a necessity”. The 47-year-old has full custody of his 14-year-old son, a pupil at West Derby School, and said there was no-one else to look after his lad while he signed over the house which was straining him financially. The self-employed builder was hoping the head eacher would make an exception on strict term time attendance rules in place across UK schools. But dad-of-one Anthony said he was left “feeling like a criminal” after they refused to budge and reported it as an unauthorised absence. Anthony told the ECHO: “I have a holiday home near Porto. I’ve been losing money on it. “It’s been a massive worry and I just wanted it off my hands. The buyer wanted to start work on it and I … [Read more...] about Single dad slams £60 fine for taking lad out of school to go to Portugal
PARENTS could be fined thousands of pounds for taking their child out of school for holidays during term time. Lancashire County Council has proposed issuing penalty notices of £1,000 per child per parent if they miss classes due to trips. It means a two-parent household with two children at the same school could be slapped with a £4,000 fine. Currently, parents in the county - which has seen more term-time holiday penalty notices issued than nearly every other council - face a £120 fixed penalty notice per child. Parents whose children attend Balladen Community Primary School in Rossendale, Lancs, were sent a letter last week warning of the move.WARNING TO PARENTS In the letter, seen by The Sunday Times, head teacher Sara Richardson wrote: “Lancashire county council is currently trialling a new system for dealing with unauthorised holidays and breaks during term time. "This involves an increase in the financial penalty to parents of up to £1,000 per … [Read more...] about Parents face £1,000 fines PER CHILD for taking kids out of school for term-time holidays
ECHO readers have little sympathy for a mum who took her daughter out of school claiming she was injured when 'pushed over'. Megan Davison said she was shocked to see Kaitlyn Williams, four, was covered in cuts and had a chipped tooth when she picked her up from St Werburghs school in Birkenhead. Another parent told Megan Kaitlyn had been pushed over - but the school says a number of people saw her fall over. Megan said she was unhappy with the school's response and took the decision to remove Kaitlyn immediately. On our Facebook page, readers said Megan was in the wrong and should put Kaitlyn back in school. Donna Hogan said: "Kids play and fall over it’s life put her back in school stop embarrassing yourself." Cal Ly wrote: "Your kid fell and got the same treatment everyone’s kid gets when they fall no matter the injury, wet paper towel. Get over it love you’ve got the next 12 years of accidents at school." Barbara Walters said: "I should be a millionaire with … [Read more...] about ECHO readers have no sympathy for mum who took her daughter out of school