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The Supreme Court is today considering a government-backed appeal against parents taking their children on holiday during term-time. The result will have implications for skiing families. UPDATED

5 judges are hearing the case of the Isle of Wight Council v Jon Platt.

They are Justices Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Reed and Lord Hughes.

The arguments from both sides are being put forward but no judgement will be released for a while as the Law Lords consider the evidence.

A Department of Education spokesperson said the government's position remained that children should not be taken out of school "without good reason".

"That is why we have tightened the rules and are supporting schools and local authorities to use their powers to tackle unauthorised absence."

Ministers are also considering changing the law on term-time absences, depending on the outcome of the case.

Judgement is expected during the first part of 2017.

It follows a long running case after Mr Platt refused to pay a fine claiming his daughter had an excellent attendance record at school.

He won a recent case at the High Court as we reported at the time here on PlanetSKI.

The fines are imposed by local councils and the Supreme Court will rule on what has become a confusing situation, for schools, education authorities and parents.

The Isle of Wight council has taken the case to the Supreme Court at the request of the Department for Education.

The government has said it is financing the council's legal bill.

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35 councils in England have changed their policy on fining parents for term-time holidays since the High Court ruling.

The BBC has gathered information from 108 councils and found 35 have changed their policy as a direct result of Jon Platt's case.

See here for the full article on the BBC.

A further five are currently reviewing their guidelines and 28 have withdrawn fines issued to parents.

Of the councils that provided information, 22 told the BBC the number of parents taking term-time holidays has increased.

In North Somerset 100 fines have been put on hold while the council considers its policy.

There is a remarkable variation in the number of fixed penalty notices issued to parents.

So while Suffolk issued 6,008 fines in the 2015-16 school year there were just 108 on North Tyneside for example.

Richmond upon Thames issued none in the same period.

Fines for parents who take their children on term-time holidays without permission of their head teacher were introduced by Michael Gove when he was Secretary of State for Education.

PlanetSKI has its own view - Dear Mr Gove... you are talking utter tosh.

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