by Tim Lezard The NUT has said holiday companies – not schools – should shoulder the blame for parents taking their children out of school during term time. The Local Government Association today called for the rules preventing parents taking children …

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by Tim Lezard

The NUT has said holiday companies – not schools – should shoulder the blame for parents taking their children out of school during term time.

The Local Government Association today called for the rules preventing parents taking children out of a school in term trim to be relaxed.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “The problem lies with the holiday companies and airlines and if this issue is to be addressed sensibly then there should be pressure put on them, not schools.

“Many teachers are parents and we entirely sympathise with the dilemma caused by price hikes for breaks during the school holidays. In particular, at this time of pressure on pay, our sympathies are with those on low pay who have little option but to take the cheapest holiday they can find.

“It remains the case that pupils can be granted time off in exceptional circumstances.”


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