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Headteacher suspended after taking trip to Brazil during term time

A headteacher has been suspended after going on a trip to Brazil during term time.

Ian McCann, head of Rosewood Primary School in Burnley, Lancashire, had reportedly gone on a two-week charity bike ride to Latin America, after governors had declined his request for time off outside the school holidays.

Mr McCann, 58, then handed in a sick note and missed the final week of last term anyway.

He will now have to face the board of governors, who are investigating the matter.

Alex Bird, chair of governors at Rosewood Primary School, said: "I can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended.

"However, as the matter is subject to investigation we will not be commenting further at this time."

The school is under the control of Lancashire County Council, an authority which topped a recent list of councils fining parents for taking children on holiday in term time.

The authority issued 3,907 fines to parents for unauthorised absences between September 2014 and last July.

Parents who take their child out of school in term can be fined £60, which increases to £120 if it is not paid within 28 days.

Failure to pay can result in court action.

A recent Press Association investigation showed the number of fines given to parents for taking their children on holiday during term time has almost trebled in two years - with tens of thousands handed out last year alone.

The Department for Education says children missing school for holidays can seriously impact on their education and exam results.


From Belfast Telegraph