I’ll be frank, when I initially read about it, I was pretty annoyed – despite not even having a school-age child yet – and I wasn’t the only one. Many of you were also unimpressed with the ruling and a lot of good points were raised in several posts I read.
Lucy at Real Mum Reviews wrote about what the ruling effectively means for those of wanting to remove our children from education during term-time, in order to go on a jolly. (I’m being facetious, I don’t actually believe that’s what a family holiday really is – in snatches perhaps, but it’s certainly not that simplistic.)
Birds and Lilies’ Lou pointed out that though many have suggested a holiday is a luxury and not a necessity – so what?! My family was not well-off when I was a child and I can count on one hand the number of holidays I had; I didn’t go go outside of the UK until I was 14 and that was for a school trip. Of course it’s a first world problem to suggest kids who miss out on going to abroad are deprived; but all the same, I want to give my children the best childhood possible, and will do whatever I can to make it magical for them.
I was fascinated to read Cherry from The Newby Tribe’s view, since she’s a headteacher as well as a mum. Ultimately, her stance is one borne very much of common sense, and I hope other headteachers – who, incidentally have been actively encouraged by The Supreme Court to continue using their discretion – will follow suit.
Kiri from Kizzy, Izzy and Baby made one point in particular which raised my hackles! Head over for a read and see what you think of number five – I’d not considered this but it’s so true! And it makes all other logic fall down as far as I’m concerned.
I feel strongly that there absolutely are scenarios where taking your child out of school for a day, or even a week, will be more beneficial to them than sitting in a classroom. Case in point – Natalie at Plutonium Sox, who in her own words did so because, ‘quite frankly, she had a better offer’. Hear hear!
However… If you are one of those who doesn’t like to break the rules, then Happy Mummy’s Maria has some great tips for enjoying a Staycation instead.
Finally, if you’d like to read a whole host of different thoughts on the matter, check out my crowdsourcing post about it.