10% of UK parents will move children into private education or home school for a cheaper holiday to beat school fines

  • Worries over Supreme Court ruling in John Platt case has led 10% of family customers surveyed to consider moving children into private education or adopt home schooling
  • 58% of parents feel that term-time holidays are their only option for an affordable family holiday
  • 28% of parents will be taking their children out of school early for a family holiday this year

After last week’s Supreme Court hearing on the John Platt school fines case, a snap poll by specialist travel insurance provider Holidaysafe.co.uk found 10% of its family customers are prepared to move their child into private education or adopt home schooling to get flexibility around school holidays and dodge school fines.

Holidaysafe.co.uk, which insured over 25,000 families last year, found that 28% of parents are still willing to face fines or be penalised by local Councils and take their children on holiday during term time to get a better deal.

This follows the landmark High Court case, where Jon Platt who took his daughter to Florida for a week’s holiday during term-time and was issued a fixed fine which he refused to pay and was taken to court under the 1996 Education Act. Magistrates dismissed the case leaving parents to question if they could do the same, with 20% of respondents stating that the outcome of the case had changed their attitudes towards term-time holidays.

Following last week’s Supreme Court hearing the general impression was that that it might overrule the original High Court’s decision in 2015, and if that was the case then 10% of respondents stated that they would be prepared to move their child into private education or home schooling to get flexibility around school holidays, however a third (30%) are more likely to consider taking their child on holiday during term time.

The price of a family holiday can double during the school breaks and the cost of long-haul travel can see a significant price hike during peak times. Because of this, over half (58%) of parents feel that they have no choice but to take term-time holidays, and over a quarter (28%) of parents are already planning to take their children out of school to go on holiday this year.

Amber Howard, brand manager of Holidaysafe.co.uk, said:  “It is interesting to see the “Platt effect” has changed parents’ attitudes towards term-time holidays. At Holidaysafe.co.uk we understand that families value the opportunity to go on holiday together, giving them a chance to spend some quality time together.

“Whether you’re going to Europe or planning to travel further afield, we would always recommend that holidaymakers take travel insurance to give them the peace of mind of knowing that they are protected, giving them more time to enjoy their time with their family.”

Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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