Presently, parents can be fined £60 per pupil for taking their child out of school during term time. Local authorities would like to change this controversial policy by giving headteachers the power to approve time off school.
Schools Minister, Nick Gibb claims that the current system works perfectly. He has seen a drop in truancy and absences that disrupt the classrooms progression. Gibb plans to fight “entitled” parents who believe their child deserves a cheaper holiday, rather than a full time education.
Studies have shown that the number of fines given to parents has tripled in two years. Although parents have successfully challenged some of the fines, they have helped set a precedent.