Mum fumes as school ‘rats on her’ for term-time holiday but not everyone agrees

A furious mum has accused her children's school on ratting on her after she took them on a term-time holiday.

The irate parent was issued with a fine having taking her kids on an eight-day getaway.

The fuming mum said that she was particularly annoyed by the fine, because her child is "top of the year", reports the Mirror.

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Writing on Mumsnet, the mum said: "Just got penalty notice letters for DH [dear husband] and I.

"We only took DC [dear child] out of school last month for 8 days, first ever time. I didn’t think a penalty was given unless DC is taken out for 10 days?

"DC had 100% attendance outside of that and is top of year. No effect on education at all. Had assessments the week after we returned and got 97-100%!

"Am I being unreasonable to be a bit p***** off the school ran straight to LA to rat on us?"

It is now standard practice for schools to issue fines to parents who choose to take their children on holiday during the school year, with many parents even factoring the cost of a fine into the total cost of their holiday.

Unsurprisingly, the mum's post attracted plenty of responses – with some on her side and others firmly on the side of the school.

One parent even gave her a tip about factoring the cost of a fine into the holiday cost.

They said: "You just plan the cost of the fine into cost of holiday. Also eight days missed is quite a lot, usually it would just be five days if missed the whole week, or a couple of days if you go early before a school holiday.

"Your child had an unauthorised absence, not sure what you expected."

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Another person said: "Ran to the LEA to rat on you. Are you 12? You took your child out of school, pay the fine and stop complaining."

Another added: "I'm not sure what you are complaining about? You took him out of school for nearly two weeks.

"Do you think you shouldn't get fined because he's top of the class? The schools are obligated to report attendance."

But others said that they, too, had taken their kids out of school despite the fines.

One mum said: "In 2020 I took my three kids out of school for a ski trip and got fined £360.

"A few weeks later they were off school for a whole term because of Covid so that was pretty annoying! However I knew I would get fined when I took them out, you just have to suck it up."

Others highlighted the high costs of going on holiday during peak time.

One mum commented: "I think a family holiday is extremely important and the reality is travelling is so much cheaper in term time.

"Some families may miss the opportunity to have a holiday if they can only go at Easter or in the summer break. And no, generally people don’t want to go camping in the rain down in Dorset.

"The government should be regulating the travel industry to make the cost of holidays fairer and more accessible to everyone during the school holidays.

"Think about how long you have your children for… it’s such a short period of time before they go off and make their own way in the world.

"Taking them out of school here and there for precious family time during their childhood will not mean they fail their GCSEs and end up on benefits. If you’re worried about getting a fine just contact the school and tell them your DC has Covid."

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