"The LGA is right to highlight the problems that occur as a result of Government and Ofsted’s policy to fine parents who request permission to take children out of school during term time. It has caused great irritation amongst parents and is not supported by the majority of teachers.
“There are many reasons why families on occasions have to request leave during term time, not least the huge hike in prices for holidays during school breaks. What has to be remembered is requested leave is not the same as truancy and should not be viewed as such. Of course children’s education is very important but adopting a common sense approach as advocated by the LGA will ensure that unnecessary tensions between schools and parents/ carers do not arise.
“The NUT will be working with other unions and parent groups to try and resolve this unsatisfactory situation.” (Source: NUT Press Release 21.10.15)