Footballer Jamie Vardy has been given permission to take his children out of school to watch him play in the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking as an ITV‘s Loose Women panellist, his wife, Rebekah Vardy, revealed that she has had the “blessing” of her children’s school to take them to Russia to support their father.
The reality television star revealed, “I’m going initially for 12 straight days, so we’re taking the kids out of school, and I’ve got the school’s blessing to do so.”
She continued: “I don’t have to go, but I couldn’t not go. I want to be there to support my husband.”
The couple share a three-year-old daughter, Sofia, and one-year-old son, Finlay, together. Rebekah also has two children from previous relationships while her husband has another daughter.
The revelation has angered parents. Many took to Twitter to call out the couple’s decision.
One social media user tweeted [sic]: “How is it fair that ‘wags’ can take their children out of school to visit their footballer dads with the school’s blessing but servicemen and women’s children can’t?”
While another simply branded the situation, “totally unfair”.
How is it fair that “wags” can take their children out of school to visit their footballer dads, with the schools blessing but service men and women’s children’s can’t!! Plus if a “normal” family take children out during term time we get fined!!!! @RebekahVardy @loosewomen
— JADE THORNTON (@jadeantonia) June 14, 2018
@loosewomen How can footballers/wives take their kids out of school. What happened to special circumstances. The Vardis get to take their children to Russia for 12 FING DAYS for the World Cup with the schools blessing. This 2 me is not special circumstances this is totally unfair
— CindyBill (@CindyBill) June 14, 2018
Skip school and you’ll get a £60 fine
Holidays might be a lot cheaper for families during term times, but skip school and you could face a fine – or even prosecution.
Since 2013, families who take their children on holiday during term time face a £60 fine. Those who refuse to pay, face court.
Last year, parent Jon Platt was fined £120 by the Isle of Wight council for taking his daughter to Disneyland during term time. Instead of paying the fine, he chose to fight back but his case was overturned in magistrates’ court.
But should parents, like footballer Jamie Vardy, be given preferential treatment?
Parents who do wish to take their child out of school during term time should appeal to the headteacher in plenty of advance. It is then their decision whether or not leave is granted.
The Department of Education states that unless it is for something serious, a family holiday is unlikely to be approved.
The gov.uk website warns: “Your local council can give you a fine of £60, which rises to £120 if you don’t pay within 21 days.
“If you don’t pay the fine after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.”
Private schools are likely to have their own rules.
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