Pembrokeshire Parents Want A Say Appears Before Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee
“Underlying all this is a repeated message that attendance is equivalent to attainment, but, for family holidays, this is not based in the evidence. The only solid piece of research we have looking at the impact of family holidays on attainment (performed by the Department of Education in 2011) shows no correlation. The reasons why absence can affect attainment are very complex and local authorities are giving an oversimplified message which is misleading. Term time holiday bans are not in the best interest of our families, children or indeed our economy.
“Families who work in businesses related to tourism are under extra pressure. They may have lost their shoulder seasons due to term time holiday bans, they have to work harder than ever to get their income in the space of the school holidays and they can be threatened with fines or prosecution for taking a holiday during term time. Families are being hit financially and personally in terms of the loss of their family life.”
The National Assembly Petitions Committee has called the Welsh Minister for Education and Skills to an evidence session to discuss the concerns raised. This will take place in November.
Speaking after the meeting Jane said, “We are really pleased that the concerns families have raised with us are being taken seriously at National Assembly level. Family life and education are both very important for our children’s wellbeing and we need our schools to use the flexibility they are given by Welsh law to help us balance both.”
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