This week NTOS looks at when London goes on holiday

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This week NTOS looks at when London goes on holiday
14th July 2014

Parents in London are more likely to lie about pulling their children out of school than parents elsewhere in the country.

A new study has found 62 per cent of Londoners have lied about why their child was absent from school compared to 50 per cent nationally.

Parents who pull their children out of school during term time to take them on holiday risk getting fined up to £2,500 and being jailed for up to three months.

However with the rising cost of summer breaks during peak season, has meant some parents are risking the wrath of the law to ensure their kids get a holiday.

More than 70 per cent of parents surveyed by Travel Zoo said it was ‘deeply’ unfair that private schools are not subject to the same government fines.

The capital’s highest earners are also the most comfortable with lying to their child’s school, with 76 per cent of parents earning more than £65,000 per year having lied about their children’s absence.

Low income earners however are the most likely to take their children out of school during term time in the future - 64 per cent of Londoners earning less than £15,000 said they would do so compared to 53 per cent elsewhere in the UK.

The survey found the main reason for parents lying to schools was to avoid an awkward situation or confrontation.

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