Parents' dismay at ban on term-time holidays for school kids
PARENTS in South West Wales have reacted with dismay over the news they will no longer be able to request authorised absences from their children’s schools for holidays.
Until now parents had been able to ask for time off for their children, with head teachers having discretion over whether permission was granted or not.
But now letters have been sent to parents from some schools informing them if a child is taken out of class it will be marked as unauthorised and will show on their attendance record.
Parents have been quick to share their views on the Post’s Facebook page, with many voicing their concern over the cost of taking the children away during school holidays.
One poster Melanie Bosley-Morgan wrote: “Not everyone can afford the prices in school holidays — it doubles or trebles in price.
“I agree a child shouldn’t be off school but spending time with family in my opinion is a far greater need than missing two weeks of school.”
Lisa Powell said the move wouldn’t stop her from going away during term time. She wrote: “Tough. I'm still taking mine out of school.
“What are they going to do? Hardly chuck them out of the school. It's a farce. Bullying tactics!”
Another poster, Michelle Howell, wrote: “I don’t agree with constantly doing or doing it more than twice a year, but a holiday maybe once a year during school time.
“It’s not going to have a massive affect on the rest of their lives, is it?”
Beth Wride added: “Good job I got my holiday form for my kids last week signed off.
“We are taking them to Paris and spending a day in the city.
“They will learn more in the three-and-a-half days they are having off from school than they would in school.”
The decision has been taken by local authorities in the South West and Mid Wales Education Consortium, which includes Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “The consortium has taken the decision that all absences caused due to pupils being taken on holiday during term time should be deemed to be unauthorised.”