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by | 8th, March 2006

‘PARENTS planning a family holiday should factor in the cost of the new holiday tax which fines mums and dads for taking their children out of class in term time.

Armani and Jake go on a bird flu field trip

The Times leads with the news that it is illegal to take Armani and Jake away for a week’s sunbathing when they should be watching telly in media studies class.

The High Court has ruled that it is up to the school to decide when children can miss lessons. Parents who press on regardless, in defiance of a school’s refusal to grant time off, face a criminal conviction and fine.

The test case of an unnamed woman from the London borough of Bromley is held up as a sign of what disobedient parents can expect.

The accused had removed her three daughters from their primary school for two holidays between November 2003 and January 2004. They were off school for nine days in total.

For the first trip, the school had refused permission. For the second trip, the mother failed to seek clearance.

And the ruling judges, Mr Justice Sullivan and Lord Justice Auld, weren’t impressed by the mother’s excuses. They were not interested

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