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    The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    You will need to pay nearly 70% more for your holiday in the sun. Most parents will have come across this problem, but it is getting worse not better.

    69pc more expensive to travel at half term - Telegraph

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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by soloman View Post
    You will need to pay nearly 70% more for your holiday in the sun. Most parents will have come across this problem, but it is getting worse not better.

    69pc more expensive to travel at half term - Telegraph
    The law of supply and demand I'm afraid. Just to add insult to injury private schools have different holiday dates to the state system, and invariably the first week of the Easter and summer holidays is still low/mid season with correspondingly lower costs! Life can be such a bitch!

    We have a chalet in the French Alps and it is far too lucrative renting it out for the Easter half term holiday to consider using it ourselves, and in any case who wants to spend a week skiing when the slopes are grid-locked with baying Brits!

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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    "A week for a family staying at a four-star hotel in Lanzarote, flying out of London will cost just over 4,000,"

    Jesus christ what a waste of cash! I managed a 4 week trip all across europe this summer for less than 1k.



    "The survey also looked at Florida, the Canary Islands and Crete. All the destinations were more expensive in half term."

    Who would have thought?!
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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    Just take your kids out of school for their annual holidays.

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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JacquesMagique View Post
    Jesus christ what a waste of cash! I managed a 4 week trip all across europe this summer for less than 1k
    Bet that was a laugh

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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Streetwalker View Post
    Just take your kids out of school for their annual holidays.
    I would make 2 comments on this idea:-

    1. The system of education is as it has always been, a continuous process so that the information provided while your child is away on 2 weeks holiday will not be revisited other than by virtue of reinforcing essential issues which will be built on in subsequent lessons.

    2. The Department of Education believes that the total amount of weeks provided free from education is enough for all parents to take their holidays; it therefore does not provide for children being taken out of school for such a reason, other than where the intended visit is likely to be a valued educational one. This means that such absences are treated as unapproved, are recorded and count against the school when OFSTED arrive. OFSTED blame the school management for not doing more to prevent such unauthorised absences.

    I don't expect these facts to have any impact on those parents who habitually take their children out of school in this way; fortunately the vast majority are very responsible and don't do so.

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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by soloman View Post
    I would make 2 comments on this idea:-

    1. The system of education is as it has always been, a continuous process so that the information provided while your child is away on 2 weeks holiday will not be revisited other than by virtue of reinforcing essential issues which will be built on in subsequent lessons.

    2. The Department of Education believes that the total amount of weeks provided free from education is enough for all parents to take their holidays; it therefore does not provide for children being taken out of school for such a reason, other than where the intended visit is likely to be a valued educational one. This means that such absences are treated as unapproved, are recorded and count against the school when OFSTED arrive. OFSTED blame the school management for not doing more to prevent such unauthorised absences.

    I don't expect these facts to have any impact on those parents who habitually take their children out of school in this way; fortunately the vast majority are very responsible and don't do so.

    Bloddy hell Soloman that reads like the letters I used to get from the school when I took my brats on holidays two weeks early.As I told them then, I believe they are having a far better educational experience visiting different cultures (we diddnt do beach)around the world than sitting in a classroom being taught about it.So I guess I fell into the "valued educational section".I did agree one year (the wife was playing up) not to take them in term time.When I enquired what they had been up to at school it was of little significance to their education.Sports day,teacher training,inset,school play .Besides that half the bloddy school were in France on an exchange visit!
    No sorry, poke your ofsted gestapo,I'll take (a long time ago now Ive mellowed since)my kids where I want ,when I want.
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    Re: The cost of keeping your child in school for every lesson is ?

    I have to generally agree with Solomon in what he says; the curriculum is structured to be continuous and if there's an absence in term time there'll be parts which have been missed, which can make it harder for some children to both catch up and understand what comes next. However I do also agree with what Streetwalker says in that it can be a good educational experience for kids to be travelling and seeing different cultures. The problem is that very few parents do this responsibly, cost rather than educational value being the major criterion for the majority.

    I have found that schools can be flexible about taking children out of school in term time if it's approached in the right way though, firstly with a good enough reason for a term time holiday and secondly with a request for an outline of what work is going to be covered during their absence and an assurance to the school that at least some of the holiday time will be spent studying those parts of the curriculum.

    On a wider note, providing it's done correctly, home schooling for any length of time can be more beneficial to many children than the in-school equivalent. I know several people who've home schooled their children and have been more than satisfied with the results; one of my friends from the USA and his then wife home schooled all four of their children right through from when they were young until the end of secondary level, a year of which was spent travelling around Europe by boat and motor home. They obviously did it right as all four kids got into university and are now very intelligent and 'well rounded' young adults.
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