Parents fined for taking children out of school
There has been an increase in the number of parents facing court action for taking their children out of school during term time. In 2014, figures from the Press Association show have found that 16,430 people were prosecuted last year for failing to ensure that their children were attending school, with over half of those accused being women. These figures come after the introduction of strict new rules on term-time holidays two years ago and a crackdown on children missing from school.
If parents are found to be taking children out of school they could be faced with a minimum £60 fine per child, and failure to pay could result in a maximum fine of £2,500 or a three month jail sentence. Headteachers have urged parents to realise that it is their responsibility to ensure that their children are attending school despite it being difficult in some cases. However, a fine or the threat of jail has helped to make parents realise that taking children out of school is a serious case that is punishable by law.