Thursday, 16 January 2014

Couple facing jail over school holiday

A couple who took their three children out of school for a week's holiday could be jailed following a change to the Education Act of 1996 which came into force days before their trip. The family went on holiday to Greece in September last year. However, the change meant their children’s school was only allowed to grant them leave in "exceptional circumstances". Stewart and Natasha Sutherland said they were unaware of the change in legislation and then refused to pay an initial fine. Kay Burford, from Telford and Wrekin Council, said the legislation was clear on the matter. She added: "Significant absence from school is disruptive to the child’s education and has a detrimental impact on attainment." The Daily Telegraph, Page: 13

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