Fiona Foster investigates the growing problem of parents taking their children out of school during term time to take advantage of cheaper holiday prices, despite the threat of fines. Recent rule changes by the Department of Education mean parents face fines, court action and even a possible jail sentence. Travel companies put up their prices during school holidays by on average 25 to 30 per cent, sometimes more. Many parents are opting to pay the fine to go on a more affordable holiday - but is the money saved worth the potential cost to their child's education?
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