Thousands call for government to lift ban on term-time holidays for school children

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Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding that the government reverses a ban on school children taking term-time holidays.

The 126,000-signature petition hosted on the 38-Degrees Campaigns By You website, is due to be handed to the department for education later today.

Until last month, headteachers could grant up to 10 days leave a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”.

Since 1 September, headteachers can no longer grant any absence outside school holidays, except under “exceptional circumstances”.

But parents fighting the ban say families cannot afford to go on holiday during school breaks because of the steep prices, and that not all businesses will permit their staff to have time off during the school holidays.

The DfE said schools now have more freedom to set their term dates outside of the usual school holidays times.