Sunday, October 15, 2006


I was interested to hear this week about the school headteacher who took a sunshine holiday two weeks into a new school term. Apparently the school governors allowed it because they felt she “needed a rest”. It’s alright for some. Parents at the school were outraged and quite rightly so. This is setting a dangerous precedent. If parents take children out of school to go on holidays during a school term it is now viewed as truancy with parents facing a £50 penalty if they go on holiday without getting permission from the school first. Permission is usually only granted in “exceptional circumstances”. Yet we have a headteacher openly flouting the rules and going off on holiday in term time. It seems there is one rule for headteachers and another rule for the parents and kids!

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