Holidays in term time – what do you think?


I know this is a sensitive subject and that not everyone will agree with my take on this, but when I was a head I always found it difficult when parents let me know that their child would be missing school for a family holiday or other social occasion.  And usually they said they were ‘letting me know’, rather than asking permission.  Very occasionally they didn’t notify the school in advance, and in the worst case scenario, sent in a retrospective letter to say their child had been unwell (when during the absence their friends had been all talking about what a wonderful time the missing pupil was having, according to the texts and Facebook messages!)

I do understand the financial repercussions of confining holidays to school breaks, and I am not unsympathetic to families managing tight budgets and still wanting to give their family a really good holiday experience. …

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