We back the NUT vote against term time holidays
7th April 2015
The Parents Want a Say campaign are delighted that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have voted against fining parents who take their children out of school during term time.
During their annual conference that took place this weekend, the NUT recognised that the rules on term time holidays need to be relaxed.
This vote by the NUT follows the support of the Local Government Association (LGA), who also called for changes to be made to term time holiday rules last year.
Craig Langman, Founder of Parents Want a Say, said: “This announcement marks yet another milestone we have reached and we are delighted that the NUT have finally agreed that fining parents for taking their children out of school during term time is simply unfair.
“We’ve now got two out of the three biggest groups, the NUT and LGA, backing our campaign. We hope this announcement will help to sway the National Association of Head Teachers.
“Parents Want a Say will continue to campaign to reverse term time holiday rules. It is important to take this opportunity to stress that we don’t make this a debate about the prices charged by holiday companies. Instead, this is a debate about family rights and the education system.
“We need to remember all of the local home-grown businesses who benefit from our tourist sector and play a vital role to our economy – we won’t achieve anything positive if we start to attack them.”
PWAS believes 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.
A survey published today by ukairportcarparks.co.uk shows that Labour could win the General Election if they remove the ban on term time holidays.