Holiday prices in and out of school term-time – how big is the difference?

The UK supreme court this week ruled against a father who took his daughter out of school to go on holiday. A look at how much prices change when schools break up shows why parents are tempted to do the same

The travel companies behind all those adverts full of smiley, suntanned parents and children playing happily on beaches want you to believe that family holidays are priceless. But, as most families with school-age children are already all too aware, sun, sea and sand cost more in the summer.

Parents who wished to take advantage of cheaper, off-peak holiday rates used to be able to bend the rules a little, as headteachers at state schools in England were allowed to grant up to two weeks’ term-time holiday for pupils with good attendance. But in 2013 new regulations banning term-time absences were brought in.

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