Holidays during Term Time?

(6 Posts)
BrainLikeASeive Sat 25-Feb-17 17:21:39

What's the scoop on taking children out of class during term time?

In England you're allowed to take them out but only for 4 days in a row.
PERFECT for a quick trip to a certain woodland holiday parc!

But... what's the general feel in the Lothians?

I'd love to take them out for 3.5 days. They have 100% attendance but should I try and accrue time first?!!!

We don't go away often - maybe twice a year - and it's only ever a long weekend... or in this instance a mid-week break using the teacher training day on Monday...

GrooveeCar Sat 25-Feb-17 21:04:12

Normally I only take them out for a day! But I always write a letter or email saying "I appreciate this will go down as an unauthorised holiday" and never hear a thing back.

emma12344 Sun 26-Feb-17 21:57:13

It's fine. People do it all the time. We do it about 4 times a year for 1-2 days at a time. You don't get fined or anything. I just tell the school we are on holiday in advance. No comment from them.

The school /council are not worried about children missing a day or three here or there throughout the year. If you were not making your children attend school regularly then that's a different matter.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Sun 26-Feb-17 23:21:07

HTs won't admit to this, but they can authorise up to 2 weeks term time holiday. I took DS out for 3 weeks once - I had to write to the council in that instance, but they did actually authorise it.

Groovee Mon 27-Feb-17 07:32:02

If your work cannot give you school holidays and will only authorise your holidays in term time, get your line manager to write a letter and then hand it in to the school and it can be authorised in this case.

Buckeyedjim Mon 27-Feb-17 19:02:35

Are you sure there's a training day on any Monday coming up? I can only think of one more this session, and it's a Thursday.
Agree with pp there are no fines etc, though once you've done it once you might want to do it every year...

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