County education chiefs plan to get tough on parents who break the holiday rules

SHOCKING new figures have revealed a big rise in holiday absences by pupils during term-time at schools across the region last year.

This despite tough Government rules stating schools should only grant permission for a child to take holidays in term time in exceptional circumstances.

Figures show pupils in Staffordshire schools missed nearly a quarter-of-a-million half-day lessons in 2016/17 by breaking guidelines.

Staffordshire County Council recently tightened up its rules, warning families they could face costly penalties for their indiscretions.