The father Jon Platt who challenged a fine given by his local council on the Isle of Wight for taking his daughter out of school during term time for a trip to Disney Land has lost his appeal to the Supreme Court over non-payment of the fine. This judgment means that the fine (£120.00 in the case of Mr Platt) is enforceable and is a salutary warning to parents who take their children out of school to go on holiday without permission from the Head Teacher.
By this judgment the Court has in effect backed the view of local authorities that no child should be taken out of school or education without good reason and it is clear that a holiday is now deemed not to be a good reason.
This does not however affect parents who take their children out of school for holidays where permission has been granted by the school, although it is highly likely now that head teachers may feel more empowered to refuse parents’ applications for permission.
It is also important to note that each head teacher and each local authority may have different views on whether they give permission and it is not a countrywide blanket ban.
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