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Anger in North Yorkshire Over Ban on Term Time Holidays

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4:28pm 22nd May 2013

A North Yorkshire travel expert says the cost of a family holiday could go up by 30-40% when parents are banned from taking kids away in term time.

You've been telling us on the Minster FM Facebook page how angry you are about the government's plans which will only allow term time breaks in "exceptional circumstances".

Andrew Fox from TravelFox tells us how parents can keep their costs down.

 

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

"Poor attendance at school can have a hugely damaging effect on a child's education. Children who attend school regularly are four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs than those who are persistently absent.

"We have reduced the threshold at which a pupil is defined as persistently absent so schools can now intervene much earlier and we have increased the amount parents can be fined for the unauthorised absence of their child.”

North Yorkshire County Council tell Minster FM:

"The Department for Education has recently amended legislation on term-time holidays.  We are currently revising our guidance to schools in the light of this amendment."

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