£5.6m: the cost of taking term time holidays
As this school year comes to an end, you might be thinking of heading off on a summer holiday with your kids, but would you risk facing a fine by taking your children out of school early to ensure a cheaper holiday?
As reported by the Daily Mail, fines for parents who have taken their children out of school in term time this year have already reached £5.6m and could rise even further despite the summer holidays approaching. Many families would prefer to take a holiday in term time as the cost of holidays in the UK and abroad is significantly cheaper.
Many parents say that the money they save by going on holiday in term time covers the cost of the £60 fine they receive and most say that they save even more money than this. Even so, parents said that they don’t like being fined and accused of harming their children’s education because the prices of holidays during the summer are so high.
Should parents be allowed to take their kids out of school for a holiday? Should the cost of holidays be kept the same throughout the year? We’d love to know what you think over on Facebook and Twitter!