School term-time holidays: 'Most parents take them'
More than half of parents (55%) in England admit having taken a child on holiday during term time, a poll suggests.
And more than a quarter of the 2,000 polled plan to take their children out of school for a holiday this year.
The prospect of fines was unlikely to put them off, they said.
The survey by LV travel insurance found cost and difficulties getting time off work during peak times were the main reasons behind this.
The Department for Education (DfE) said schools were expected to take a "tough line" on requests to miss lessons.
One in five (20%) parents said they had sought their school's permission for a term-time holiday and been refused.
One in eight (12%) admitted having lied in order take their children out of school for a holiday.
The most common excuses included pretending their child was sick (35%), visiting sick relatives (20%), a family wedding (18%) and a trip for educational purposes (16%).
Read more ... (BBC News - 26 April)