The Supreme Court’s ruling that parents who take their children on term-time holidays should be prosecuted provides welcome clarity to schools and parents alike. The Court unequivocally held that parents who take their children out of school without the school’s permission can be prosecuted, even if the child has regular attendance during the rest of the year. It is essentially up to the school to set its own policies on whether to allow children time off and the decision of the head teacher is final. Parents who take their children out of school without such authorisation risk facing a £60 penalty and prosecution if they fail to pay this. So not the result that Mr Platt and many parents were hoping for, but at least parents and schools now have clarity over the law on this divisive issue.
Parents who take their children out of school for term time holidays can be prosecuted, the Supreme Court has ruled as a "stubborn" father lost his landmark case on Thursday whilst appealing to parents not to follow his example. Delivering their verdict, the judges ruled that Jon Platt, a businessman from the Isle of Wight who took his six-year-old daughter on a seven-day family trip in Florida in April 2015, should have paid a £120 fine for his daughter’s unauthorised absence. The judges said he had shown a “blatant disregard of school rules” and that his approach had been a “slap in the face” to “obedient” parents who abide by the law.