Published on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Supreme Court to hear term-time holiday case

The Supreme Court has confirmed that a government-backed appeal against parents taking their children on holiday during term-time will begin on January 31.

The five judges have been appointed for the Isle of Wight Council v Jon Platt case. They are Justices Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Reed and Lord Hughes.

Isle of Wight council will argue that local resident Jon Platt should have paid a fine for taking his daughter out of school for a family holiday to Florida.

Fines for parents who take their children on term-time holidays without permission of their head teacher were introduced by the government to clamp down on student absences, but must be imposed by local councils.

Platt successfully argued in Magistrates' Court that the Isle of Wight council had misinterpreted the law and that he should not have been fined because his daughter had a good attendance record.

The decision was upheld by the High Court, but the Isle of Wight council has taken the case to the Supreme Court at the request of the Department for Education, which has said it will pick up the council's legal bill.

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  • Bent Justice System

    I'm surprised that Jon Platt actually got the Court on his side in the first place. Freemason influence??

    By Irene Laird, Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Blow a rubber duck out of the water with a battleship!

    Sadly this wreaks of the Government ganging up on someone who has taken some initiative to save themselves some money! Shame the government can't see over the precedent of the whole thing to save themselves some money too. With what those 5 Lords & Ladies will earn they could probably afford a new hospital wing!

    By Christian Locke, Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • What a complete waste of time & money

    Just tell the teacher .... home schooling

    By Michael Anderson, Thursday, January 12, 2017

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