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Should term-time holidays be banned?

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By Lottie Gross
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Recent new rules have stopped teachers allowing children to have time off school for family holidays, meaning parents are now completely restricted to travelling during peak times. A campaign hosted by 38 Degrees calls for this ban to be reversed, as many believe it criminalizes those who want an “affordable family holiday”.

The campaign petition, which has been signed by almost 130,000 people, says: “I feel that most MPs in the Government had holidays with their parents when they were younger so why do they think they have the power to stop our children’s generation from enjoying the same lifestyle.”

There are many sides to this debate: travel can be a valuable source of education, but is it worth jeopardizing your child’s learning? And what about the low-season tourism industry? When we put the question to you, this is what we got:

You can join our Community debate here, or tweet @RoughGuides us using the hashtag #termtimehols.