A week's term-time holiday without school's permission can't be lawful, court told

Test case in the Supreme Court is expected to clarify when parents can be fined for taking their children on holiday during term time.

 

Taking a child to Florida for seven consecutive days during term time without a school's permission cannot be lawful, a QC for education chiefs has told the Supreme Court.

 

The submission was made as Isle of Wight Council, backed by the education secretary, launched a landmark legal battle over term-time holidays in the highest court in the land.

 

In a case being watched by schools and parents all over the country, the local education authority is seeking to overturn a High Court ruling in May last year that cleared a father, Jon Platt, 46, of failing to ensure his daughter's regular attendance at school.

 

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