Despite a report last year making clear that fining parents for taking their kids out of school in term time had no impact on attendance rates, the Education minister still supports it.

Now we’re discussing the imposition on schools of an extra inset day. Is it right that the state can deny a child 5-6 days of education, but parents will get fined for doing the same, often taking their children on holidays that they simply couldn’t afford during the summer holidays?

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