Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent

The number of school days lost to term-time holidays is rising.

 

Term-time holidays accounted for a quarter of unauthorised absences from schools in England, analysis of official figures shows.

 

Almost a million children missed at least one day of school in England, despite the threat of fines.

 

Teachers said the fines were a "blunt instrument" and the problem was down to the price of holidays.

 

 

The Department for Education said unauthorised absences damage children's life chances.

 

Torbay, Bournemouth, Poole, Cornwall and Devon are among the 10 areas with the highest percentage rise in holiday absence.

 

Read more