Term time breaks can harm children

Monday, 16 April 2012 10:55 AM

Taking a short break holiday during term time can damage your children's prospects, according to a new report by the Government’s truancy adviser Charlie Taylor.

The study, which is released today, will bring attention to the growing issue of  'middle-class truancy’ - when a family choses to go on holiday during the term-time off peak, rather than the allocated school holidays.     

In 2010-11 holiday absence amounted to 9.5 per cent of overall absence and the Government are warning that taking your child out of school for a short break will disrupt their learning. 

However, previous plans for automatic fines for parents have been scrapped. Instead, the decision to allow term-time holidays will be at the discretion of headteachers. 

The study was commissioned by Education Secretary Michael Gove in the wake of last summer’s riots. Mr Taylor told the Daily Mail: "Children have on average eight days off a year for sickness and medical appointments. If on top of that they take an annual two-week holiday then by the time they leave at 16 they will have missed nearly a year of school. This needs to change."

The report is also calling for truancy penalties to be increased from the current £50 to £60 for regular offenders, doubling to £120 for those who do not pay within 28 days. If parents refuse to pay, the money could be taken from child benefit.

Follow us @IdealBreaks

IncrEdibles festival at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens launch new edible festival in time for Bank Holiday

Tomorrow, May 25, Kew Gardens will be launching its new festival, IncrEdibles: A Voyage through Surprising Edible Plants, just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Half term city breaks

Best city breaks for February half term 2013

Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, our minds are set on the next chance for a getaway – the February half term. With just under three weeks to go, it’s time to start planning, so just where are the best city break destinations to take the family in February?

The royal beach is opening to the public for the first time

Queen Victoria's beach opens to the public

Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne,on the Isle of Wight, is going to open to the public for the first time.

The Muppets are helping families to enjoy New York City

The Muppets are NYC's official family ambassadors

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang of Muppets have been announced as the official family ambassadors for New York City 2012.

Families travelling this Easter should expect travel chaos on their short break getaways

UK expects travel chaos this Easter Weekend

UK airports warn 'travel gridlock' may strike at boarder control, whilst motorway disruptions and engineering works on train lines mean a long Easter weekend of travel chaos.

Prague is a popular winter city break

Winter city breaks are becoming increasingly popular

One in five (19 percent) people are planning to take a winter holiday this year with with four in ten (39 percent) taking a city break, according to new research from ABTA – The Travel Association.

City breaks now as popular as beach holidays

City breaks now as popular as beach holidays

New ABTA research released today reveals that city breaks are now as popular as city breaks with 41 percent of the public having taken a city break and 41 percent a beach holiday in the 12 months, either in the UK or overseas.

Edinburgh is now second most popular staycation break

City breaks overtake seaside breaks as most popular staycation

The city break has overtaken the traditional seaside holiday as Britons’ favourite staycation break according to new findings revealed today by Travelodge.

Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?