The attendance issue is often characterised as being about selfish parents wanting cheap holidays. This is far from the truth.
The statement is addressed to school headteachers and governors and asks them to look again at the evidence behind the term-time attendance regulations.
Today the Chancellor has the opportunity to do something about funding for schools and local authorities but will he? Is anyone holding their breath?
We absolutely insist that the 2013 attendance regulations are repealed and that the State rolls back its intrusion into family life.
East Sussex Council’s approach is an example of the widespread and growing level of misunderstanding around attendance policy.
We need a new way of looking at education and it starts by reversing the regulations on term time holiday, so we see the child and not the formula.
The Parents Union attended the London launch of Parents Defending Education, a campaign by the Anti-Academies Alliance, on Saturday 23rd April 2016.