On the face of it, Michael Gove’s initiative to ban term time absence seems reasonable enough, even when reported through the Daily Telegraph’s increasingly sensationalist, Daily Mail style lens.
Parents are to be banned by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, from taking their children out of school to save money on holidays.
The devil with this stuff though, is always in the detail and this insightful post from Rob Anthony a deputy head teacher in Norfolk illuminates how over active politicians can reek havoc in the professions from their well meaning but ill thought through interventions.
At the moment I have discretion and will grant John an Authorised Absence but what should I tell him and his family (or others in a similar position) when I no longer have this discretion?
Mr Gove might just best serve schools by changing nothing at all for a while.