Abandon school fines for holidays in term time
Reduce 6 week summer holiday to 4 weeks, and give parents the chance to take their children out of school for two weeks during term time (excluding exam time).
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The following explanatory notes have been added:
The government has not changed the law so that it can fine parents who go on term time holiday. The law has changed governing term time leave to make it clear that schools should grant leave of absence only in exceptional circumstances. Whether a school or local authority issues a fine for unauthorised family holiday is down to a local decision.
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