If I am honest I could write several posts for Ranty Friday this week, but as I am still working on a couple of issues with a certain fridge/freezer company I have decided to go with this one………School Holidays.
Yesterday I received this……..
The key line that really
pissed me off annoyed me is “may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances“
It doesn’t tell you what “Exceptional Circumstances” are either!
The booklet goes on to state that if you take your child out of school that there will be a £60 fine for EACH PARENT if paid within 7 days. If not it will rise to £120 EACH PARENT within 28 days and if still not paid will then be escalated to the local authority to issue a fine.
This year we took the 12 and 5 year old out of school for the first time in a number of years for a holiday to Disneyland Paris. It was only for 4 days, and was granted as both children had 100% attendance.
The reason we took them out of school was two fold – my husband’s job in retail means that he is unable to take sale times off…….this rules out Christmas, Easter – in fact most of the school holidays!
The second part was cost. The price of the holiday was literally half the price of the week before (in the school holidays). We couldn’t have afforded to go then.
I think the current rules are perfectly fair which give up to two weeks off a year. That is perfectly adequate and it is reasonable to think that the kids can catch up with any work missed. To not allow a holiday full stop, the children are missing out on a major learning opportunity.
Yes – we went to Disney but we learned about new cultures, languages, food, engaged with stories as well as having lots and lots of fun. The boys were intrigued by how the euro tunnel was built and how we weren’t actually travelling through water as we were under the English Channel – how is that not learning?
It has completely thrown our holiday plans for next year into turmoil, which we have saved for years to be able to do. This is the last year we can effectively take Kian out of school as he will be doing his GCSE work the following two years and I do agree with a holiday ban for years 10 & 11 as the work is even more valuable and important they don’t miss it.
Oh, and while I am moaning…….
- how is it OK for the teachers to strike in term time, disrupting my children’s schooling
- how can they justify “x” number of teacher training days in term time – why not have them during the school holidays……..teachers get far more holiday than the normal 28 days us normal folk get! (Isaac had one last week and he breaks up next Wednesday)
I want to know if this is another money making scheme from the Government, or just another attempt at telling the little people what they can and can’t do?