Cantley mum’s school holiday battle

Emma Whiting, of Cantley with her kids Ben, nine and Katie, seven, are trying to get a petition signed to change the new rule being introduced about being fined for taking your children on holiday during school term. Picture: Andrew Roe
Emma Whiting, of Cantley with her kids Ben, nine and Katie, seven, are trying to get a petition signed to change the new rule being introduced about being fined for taking your children on holiday during school term. Picture: Andrew Roe

A mum on a mission to fight changes to the rules around taking children out of school for family holidays has gathered more than 40,000 signatures on a petition.

Emma Whiting is battling against new rules coming in on September 1, when parents will no longer be able to take their children on holiday in term time.

If they do they face a fine.

Emma, of Farnborough Drive, Cantley, said: “I believe all children who have a good attendance record should be allowed the opportunity to spend quality time on a family holiday at a time of year that is affordable and achievable. Quality family time is precious and extremely important.

“I want to emphasize that this is not about putting holidays before education. We must remember children do not stop learning as soon as they leave the classroom.”

Emma took her children, Hatchell Wood pupils Ben, nine, and Katie, seven, on holiday to Turkey last year where they learned to swim, handled a different currency and learned about another culture. To sign Emma’s petition, which needs 100,000 signatures by August 21 to spark a debate in parliament, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49640.