My children have brilliant attendance & have had minimal time off. My daughter has had a couple of Friday & Mondays which were for holiday purposes and were prior to the changes (my son was not at school at the time) and these were authorised by the school. These were for a family wedding & a trip to DisneylandParis . I've never taken them out for a whole week but am this year.
I've ummed & ahhed & deliberated but have made the decision to do it largely based on cost as we wanted to go abroad.
I also believe my children will benefit from the break and it will not impact on their education. I have tagged it onto a half term break so they will not be starting anything new & will be winding down anyway.
The old system of upto 10 days a year based on child's overall attendance worked well and I can't understand why they needed to change it.
I strongly believe quality family time is important and the price hikes can mean some families can never take a break. As we are travelling in May the children's auntie & uncle are also coming which is brilliant and was part of the reason for choosing to do it.
I've browsed some breaks abroad & at home for price comparison purposes and although I knew it was ridiculous I was shocked by the percentage increase. Maths is not my strong suit but my other half assisted.
Centre parcs has a whopping 173% price difference in the week before half term and May 2016 half term week!!!!
23rd May £439 30th May £1199 (Monday to Friday) that is £760 more almost triple the price.
It really is incredible.
First choice Lanzarote had 45% on one break and 69% on another.
22nd May £2335 29th May £3401 that is £1066 more.
22nd May £1897 29th May £3213 a whopping £1316 more!!!
Amazingly the example above still had child free places so if you can travel on the 22nd you may still get a good deal.
These prices are all based on 2 adults 2 children and May 2016 half term dates.
I couldn't compare Haven or Butlins as many May dates were already sold out but summer breaks show similar price hikes.
Example Haven Wild Duck Great Yarmouth 16th July 2016 £544 23rd July £981 which is 80% increase!!!
I am concerned about a potential fine but my holiday is booked and paid for. I would not take my children out once at secondary school but really do feel at primary school it is acceptable if upto 10 days per year.
Interestingly Wales do not operate the same policy as England & Scotland have different summer breaks so can benefit from the cheaper prices.
What are your thoughts?
Were you shocked by the price differences?
Have you taken your children out of school?