SHOULD parents be punished for taking their children on holiday during term time?
A new national survey suggests that many mums and dads will risk a fine if it means they can get a cheaper break.
So is it wrong for children to miss school time? Are parents being put in an impossible position? The Solihull News went out and about to gain more views.
Alex Townley was born and bred in Solihull. She doesn’t have children of her own but thinks that families deserve a better deal.
“I think it depends on what they are taking them away for,” said the journalist. “There are experiences and opportunities outside the classroom and schools need to take a sympathetic view at times.”
Marston Green mum Rachel Sparrow agrees. Her eldest daughter has already started school and she said that parents are finding themselves in a very difficult position.
“Holiday companies are charging extra in the peak times and schools are telling us we need permission if we go at any other time. I think parents being fined is a bit harsh really.”
Alex Toft – who was visiting Solihull from Leeds – thought fines are a good idea.
“Taking children away in term time is a stupid idea – my parents never did it.
“If youngsters go away on holiday then they might miss important things. A part of being a parent is making a commitment and people need to be serious about their children’s education.”
Irene Roden, from Birmingham, said that things were very different in her day – her two children were never taken out of school in term time.
“I know it’s difficult for parents nowadays because it does cost a lot to go away during the school holidays. Every child is different – I think they might suffer more if they have exams to do.”