Allow 10 days ‘term time’ holiday per school year

Allow 10 days ‘term time’ holiday per school year

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Elisa Baker started this petition to UK Parliament

I know that this has been in the press a lot lately but I firmly believe that foreign holidays provides invaluable enrichment to our children and provide memories that last a lifetime. I am sure that no adult can remember what they did in class in year 8, however can vividly remember their family holiday they spent wherever creating memories. I am a single parent of a 6 year old and do not want to be made to feel a criminal for taking my child on holiday. The government cannot place sanctions on holiday companies to keep costs down during school holidays as this is a simple demand versus supply so taking children abroad during school holidays is quite simply unattainable for the vast majority of the population.

I am a member of the PTA and fully support my school, however I also place massive value on the wider enrichment of my child and do not feel that I, nor my child, should be made to feel inadequate for wanting to provide this. What I am asking for is the understanding from both schools and the parliament to support this and am suggesting that provided the child’s attendance is over 95% (unless sound reasons such as medical grounds backed by medical professionals etc) then each parent should be able to take their child out of school for up to 10 school days per academic year without consequence.

Measures such as providing travel documentation to demonstrate travel could be implemented and individual schools could set out veto days/weeks in which they feel that the children must be at school when curriculum dictates which would still be subject to fines. I am suggesting that this be in place until year 10 when children are working towards their exams.

Sadly our society has changed unrecognisably to the standard nuclear 2.4 children and one parent staying at home and even with two wage earners the cost of taking a family abroad in the school holidays sky rockets so much that the fine dwarfs the increased cost of the holiday. It is time for the government and the education system to support families wanting to provide this additional and invaluable life experience of our children rather than make us out to be bad parents/criminals. We all want what is best for our children and that includes a happy family life and an annual holiday. Let’s work collaboratively together and allow us to do this rather than create the unnecessary divide we currently have.

 

 

 

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