The majority of parents with school-aged children (69%) think it is unfair that those attending private schools are not liable for fines if they take their children out of school during term-time for holidays.

Many private schools have shorter terms and longer holidays, meaning they can potentially avoid peak travel times.

A study for Travelzoo found that 73% of parents say this is also unjust, especially as research shows an increase of over 80% in flights to popular destinations between the date private schools break up and the date state schools finish for the summer.

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Despite last September’s clampdown by the government which removed ‘family holiday’ as a reason to take children out of school during term-time, half of parents admit to having done so and to have concealed the reasons why. A further 53% said they would continue to do so.

More than half (56%) believe that the decision lies with the parents when taking children out of school during term-time.

It is argued by 53% of parents that if a child’s attendance is above 90% then a holiday during term-time should be allowed (53%).

Three quarters support the idea of staggering school holidays; however some argue that it comes with the risk of longer periods of time of increased holiday prices, which in turn could affect more holidaymakers.