A salutary lesson on term time holidays from one of our own: Deregister or be damned
A Herefordshire parent with many years of experience home educating her older children is being prosecuted for taking her nine year old daughter on a backpacking ‘holiday of a lifetime’ during term time. Ironically, had she exercised her parental right to deregister (under which circumstances, in England, the school would have been legally required to remove her child’s name from the roll upon written notification) no such legal action would have been been possible.
Unfortunately, she listened to Herefordshire Council’s advice that deregistration should not be necessary for the temporary period of absence, informed the school of her plans and proceeded with the holiday, expecting a fixed penalty ‘fine’ at worst. Courtesy of that misleading advice, she now finds herself at risk of a hefty fine, or even a prison sentence, for providing her daughter with learning experiences that could never be matched by the local school.