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Don't take children out of school, parents urged

20 July 2009 13:04

Don't take children out of school, parents urged

Parents planning their family holidays for 2009 have been urged not to take their children out of school during term time.

Taking children out of education for a break - which may see a family holiday insurance policy become useful - is commonly down to the high cost of holidays at other times of the year.

However, general secretary of the NASUWT Chris Keates has said that education should be viewed by everyone as a priority, including parents.

"Teachers themselves would probably welcome flexibility to go on holiday during term time, but that would be unacceptable," he noted.

His comments followed a poll from mumsnet which showed that 43 per cent of parents surveyed who had already taken their child out of school said it was to do with the cost.

More than half - 56 per cent - of those asked said they felt it was acceptable to take kids out of school for a holiday.