Parents Want a Say brings together campaigners and groups across England & Wales who want to see the changes to the school attendance policy reversed immediately.
We believe the amendments to the term time family holiday rules under The Education Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013 are unfairly criminalising families for wanting to enjoy affordable holidays together.
The cost of a family holiday during the school holidays is an expense many families simply can’t afford. Furthermore, it is not simply a matter of cost for many families; most businesses can’t allow large numbers of their staff to take leave at the same time either.
Those hardest hit by this short sighted policy include the country’s highly valued public sector workers. Military families are restricted on when they take holidays due to work, training and overseas deployment, as are many NHS doctors and nurses for similar reasons. Those caring for our country’s elderly, operating national transport systems and our police force will also suffer under this policy, unable to enjoy family holiday’s when work schedules allow them to without facing fines for doing so.
Government inference without due consideration to the families it will effect is unacceptable. The responsibility of making decisions about our children should be put back in the hands of the parent. All children who have a good attendance record should be allowed to enjoy and benefit from experiencing time together as a family when its suitable to all members of up to 10 days per year if needed.