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There have been 151,125 penalty notices issued to folks in England for his or her youngsters’s term-time absence from college throughout 2014-15.

The figures characterize a 54% improve in fines in contrast with the earlier yr.

There was a high-profile authorized problem as to whether dad and mom ought to must pay fines for taking youngsters on vacation in the course of the college time period.

A Division for Training spokesman mentioned: “Youngsters shouldn’t be taken out of faculty with out good cause.”

The Division for Training figures embody dad and mom who’ve taken their youngsters on term-time holidays – and the figures present excessive proportion of oldsters paid the penalty fines inside 28 days.

However there have been greater than 21,000 instances the place dad and mom didn’t pay and had been prosecuted – and in one other 17,000 instances the penalties had been dropped.

The figures present how fines for fogeys have develop into extra widespread – with virtually a fivefold improve in penalties over the previous 5 years.

A separate set of figures, primarily based on Freedom of Data requests carried out by the Santander financial institution, estimate that the fines levied final yr amounted to £5.6m.

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Jon Platt has mounted a authorized problem to fines in opposition to dad and mom for term-time holidays

In Might the Excessive Courtroom dominated father did not have to pay a £120 fine to Isle of Wight Council after he took his daughter to Florida.

The courtroom dominated that Jon Platt had no case to reply as a result of, general, his daughter had attended college recurrently.

However the council has since been informed it could actually apply to challenge the decision.

A Division for Training spokesman mentioned: “The principles are completely clear – youngsters shouldn’t be taken out of faculty with out good cause.

“That’s the reason we now have tightened the foundations and are supporting faculties and native authorities to make use of their powers to sort out unauthorised absence.

“The proof exhibits that each further day of faculty missed can have an effect on a pupil’s probabilities of reaching good GCSEs, which has a long-lasting impact on their life possibilities – vindicating our sturdy stance on attendance.

“A toddler who’s absent additionally impacts academics, whose planning of classes is disrupted by youngsters lacking massive parts of instructing.”