The fines for term time holidays have been in place for a while now but has that stopped people from requesting term time holidays?
I think that schools/councils need to look at every child's individual attendance records when looking at request for term time holidays before they make their decisions and I certainly don't think that term time holidays should be frowned upon if rules are followed.
If your child consistently misses school (and I am not including illness or doctors/hospital appointments in this) then I do think that this issue needs to be addressed before more school is missed and this is where the system of fining parents needs to be put in place. If your child attends school regularly and has a high level of attendance I do not see the issue of a term time holiday. Taking into account that in my view ONE holiday per academic year at a maximum of 10 school days is more than sufficient.
What is pulling more and more parents towards term time holidays is also the price hike on holidays by holiday companies during the school holidays. I can most definitely say that us as a family could certainly not afford a holiday during the school holidays compared to the price of a term time holiday.
So what do we do? We either take a term time holiday and add the fines to the overall cost or we don't ever go on holiday until the children have finished their school years.
We as a family haven't had a holiday in over 6 years and Thing 5 has never been on holiday. We've had a few days away in Cornwall but not a proper week/2 week break away as a family to relax and recharge. I was looking at holidays again recently and found some great prices but as Thing 2 starts Year 11 it is impossible to find something that will fit in with her final year of school.
I have found a few examples of holiday prices from various companies and compared the same length of stay at the same place between term time and school holidays. Here is what I found;
A wonderful example here from Center Parcs. A 5 day midweek break in October for our family. Week beginning October 9th is just £479 for 5 days whereas week beginning October 23rd is a whopping £1799. As you can see the difference between the Half Term week and the week of October 9th is £1320 and overall a half term holiday costs over 3 times the price of a term time break.