Since 2013, maintained schools have only been able to grant parents leave to take their child out of school in ‘exceptional circumstances’, leading to parents who have taken their child on holiday without leave being given penalty notices.

If the fines on the penalty notices have not been paid, parents have been prosecuted under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996, which provides: ‘If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence.’

The case of Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2016] EWHC 1283 (Admin) aros...

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