AN education chief in Burton has backed tougher new rules designed to prevent parents from taking children on holiday during term time.
From this week, stricter rules will only allow children to be granted time off in ‘exceptional circumstances’, with those that flout the laws to face fines of up to £60 per parent and even potential court action.
Bernadette Hunter, who is head at Stretton’s William Shrewsbury Primary School, and is also president of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “Everybody knows it is much cheaper to go on holiday during term time, however we have got to remember education is really important and missing out on education is going to effect children.
“Travel companies have got to take some responsibilty for the situation but I’d urge parents to remember that their child’s education is more important than a cheap holiday.
“Although holidays are fun, they are very disruptive.”