Term-time treats get Government caning

Headteachers across Calderdale are getting tough on parents who take their children out of school for term-time holidays.

The Government is cracking down on unnecessary absences and now parents could face cash penalties if they plan to take their youngsters to the beach instead of the school gates. Stuart Smith, Calderdale Council’s director of children and young people’s services, said: “Parents should be aware that they do not have authority in law to authorise their child’s absence from compulsory education and councils are under increasing pressure to prosecute parents for non attendance, particularly where the reason has been term-time package holidays or days to go shopping or help with the family business.”