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Jon Platt from the Isle of Wight who challenged his local education authority after they issued him with a £120 fine for taking his daughter on a 2 week term time holiday to Florida is in the Supreme court today after he won a battle to overturn the fine but the local education authority chose to challenge it. The high court backed him and dismissed the case but the council have taken it further and it is being heard today.
The legal argument centres on the fact that the child had over 90% attendance in the school year the holiday in was taken which is deemed to be a regular attendance record and the actual definition of the term "regular attendance" for that local authority.
Mr Platt is also arguing that unauthorised attendance could be an illness where a Dr's note is not issued and that too could trigger criminal liability on behalf of the parent or parents resulting in what he said could be parents withdrawing their children from the mainstream schools system in order to avoid fines and criminal charges.
The travel industry are also partly to blame as people who have no option but to take their children on holiday in school holiday are sometimes paying 2 or 3 times what the same holiday would cost if it was taken during term time.
As soon as we have a verdict I shall update.
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