Poll: Do you support increase in parents fined for taking their children out of school?

More parents have been fined because of their children being absent from schol. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire More parents have been fined because of their children being absent from schol. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:59 AM

With the news that there has been a big increase in the number of parents in our region fined for child absences from school, we are asking whether you support the crackdown.

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One Norfolk parent has been fined a total of £360, parents in Cambridgeshire have been fined a total of £3,000 so far this academic year, and the number of fines in Suffolk has nearly quadrupled.

The increases follow the government’s tightening of rules governing when parents can receive permission to take their children out of school.

What do you think? Vote in our poll, or comment below.

11 comments

  • Why should the travel agents make so much extra during school holidays for charging inflated prices? (I understand it costing a little bit more during the summer holidays when the weathers nicer) I think the Government should charge the travel agents not the parents! I personally wouldn’t take my children out of school during term time, but do understand why people do!

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    LG

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • No wonder by some of the comments,Norfolk is a the bottom end of exam results.Children get 11 years of free education in this country ,use it, if not yours,theirs.

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • taking a week out of school once a year will make no difference to their overall education whatsoever; persistent absence's are a different matter

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Sorry Patrick but another misinformed, sweeping generalisation ( you are not alone) that I alluded to already." It's time that teachers realise that schools so often are not the right places to educate children" . I really don't understand where teachers give you that idea. Again my experience tells me many feel it begins at home, and as a parents we did,, And also vocational; courses often step outside of school into colleges or the workplace for those pupils to whom it would benefit the most. And of course teachers arrange a whole host of out of school activities for the children to enrich what they do and support their learning. But knowing this I expect that won't satisfy some on here.

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    Responsible parent

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It's time that teachers realise that schools so often are not the right places to educate children. Every teacher on strike should be fined personally for each child they deprive of a day's schooling. And 'left with no choice' is NOT an excuse.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Parents of children at state school should be fined for removing their child from school if for no other reason than it's taxpayers who foot the bill for every child to be educated regardless or not if they have children of their own!

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    Bad Form

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Will the schools who are closing for a day later this week due to a teachers strike be fined?? Although fines for persistent absenteeism may make sense in some cases, it also needs to not become a cash earning potential & it needs to only be where schools are getting it right themselves. We have have had several text messages over the years to say our daughters are is absent & when we phone & ask for details, they where in the school & a friends child was reported as absent to her recently when the child was on a school trip!!!!

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    el84

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Hope the teachers who are on strike tomorrow get fined for not providing the education that they are contracted to provide, best paid part time job in the country

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    blister

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Blister teaching is a full time job, when the children finish school the teachers don't, they mark work, plan work etc etc. the summer holidays they also work, from home, again planning, marking etc. it's the travel agents that put the prices up, but they are a business so have to make a profit. I believe the government should make the travel agents consider bringing the cost down for holidays during school holidays, but not sure that will ever happen.

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    melalmighty

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What about when parents work shifts or have fixed holidays? It's not always possible for parents to book leave in school holidays, travel agents also cash in and put the prices up as well

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • This makes me so angry. So my daughters school is closed tomorrow because the teachers are on strike?? As I would be fined if I took my child out of school, "denying her a day of education", will the school be fined too? They have the audacity to threaten me with fines, but whose denying my child her education tomorrow?? I'm not authorising her absence, so who is??

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    CLS37

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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