Letter Sent to Nicky Morgan
London, 16th July 2014: Parents Want a Say has reached out to new Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan by offering their warm congratulations on her appointment.
The letter to Ms Morgan, sent today by Founder Member Craig Langman, outlines the aims and objectives of the campaign and asks Ms Morgan to sit down with representatives to discuss the campaign and what it hopes to achieve.
Parents Want a Say is a non-profit organisation that brings together campaigners and groups across England and Wales who want to see changes made to the present school attendance policy.
The organisation believes 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 hardworking families for wanting to enjoy affordable holidays together.
Prior to 1st Sept 2013, head teachers had the discretion to allow up to 10 days authorised absence from school. They are now only allowed to grant leave during exceptional circumstances. There has been no guidance given to schools on what “exceptional” should mean, however it has become clear that the Government would not like children to be taken out of school under any circumstances.
The government has maintained this is merely a re-stating of existing law yet they had to pass a Statutory Instrument in order to do so.
Parents Want a Say Founder Member Craig Langman said “We welcome a fresh face in the Department of Education and hope that Ms Morgan will have time to sit down and discuss the amendments to term time holiday rules with us.
“We believe that these rules interfere with everyone’s right to a family life and is creating tension between parents and the education system as they criminalise hard working families that just want to spend quality time with their children.”
Please go to the reports section of this website to read the full letter.