Time off in term time

(5 Posts)
Ilovesunflowers Mon 04-Feb-13 19:44:13

Never ask your child to lie. Disgusting.

They will only drop you in it anyway. When I was a teacher I got so sick of the lies. Kids were 100% honest. I was at a wedding/at the zoo/we went to disneyland for a week etc.

Sorry but a party is not a good reason for non attendance.

scaevola Mon 04-Feb-13 08:38:24

Don't ask your child to lie - it's an unfair burden.

If you feel strongly, just do it, authorised or unauthorised.

The 10 days is the maximum HTs are permitted by law to authorise, but it's also totally at HT's discretion, so if you have one with a policy of not authorising, there is nothing you can do about that.

redskyatnight Mon 04-Feb-13 08:32:08

Don't ask him to lie. Ask for the time off (even if it is likely to be refused) and then take it anyway. Very unlikely that you will be fined if he has good attendance and it's only a couple of days. Is he under 5? If so, he's not legally obliged to be in school anyway.

PP is incorrect by the way - schools do not generally let you have 10 days off - it's entirely down to the individual school. Sounds like yours has a "no leave at all in term time" policy.

dyzzidi Sun 03-Feb-13 21:39:45

Honestly your DS will drop you in it when he returns to school as they always do. Check the school website for the attendance policy and remember legal requirements for fining parents who take children out of school cannot be enforced until the term after your child has turned five.

I would speak to the head and if your child has a good attendance percentage then generally they do allow you to have up to 10 days off at some schools.

naptime Sun 03-Feb-13 21:37:00

This is rarely allowed at my DS's school! I am planning on taking him out for 2 days to attend a family party which I will have to travel to (5 hours there and back). My DS is in reception. I haven't asked for the time off as I know from others they don't allow time off for this. I'm just wondering about ringing in and pretending he is unwell. Has anyone done this? I have concerns about his teacher then asking my DS if he 'feels better' when we come back and him then acting confused! I'm not sure about asking him to lie.

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