26 Jun 2018 Almost half (46%) of UK parents have taken their children out of school to go on holiday, according to a new study released by Co-op Insurance.
Parents that are willing to let their children miss school say that financial strain is the leading factor in their decision, with two thirds saying that family holidays are too expensive when schools break up for summer.
For over a quarter, getting time off work within school holidays is difficult and so say they resort to going on holiday in school time.
A further quarter (23%) say they take their children out of education for a ‘quieter’ holiday, and over a tenth (13%) feel as parents, this decision ultimately is theirs to make.
Despite taking children out of school without permission being against the law, of the parents who have taken a children out of school, a quarter (25%) have done so for a whole week, and a further one in ten have pushed it for up to two weeks.
Additionally, 27% of parents have owned up to skipping school for a family holiday on more than one occasion.
Colin Butler, Head of Travel Insurance at the Co-op said: “Having already paid for the holiday itself, travel insurance can be seen as just an optional additional cost, which is why half of families don’t bother getting travel insurance.
“By not taking out cover however, families are risking nasty financial surprises should the worst happen whilst they’re on holiday.
“We want to make sure families are not only safe on holiday, but carry less of a financial burden when considering travel insurance. That’s why, during the summer, we’ll be offering children free travel insurance.”
From 1st June until 30th September 2018, Co-op Insurance will be offering free travel insurance to children under the age of 18 travelling with an adult.
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