21 Jul '14

News Let little Curtis have his holiday it may be the last one he takes | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Banning the parents of a disabled boy from taking him on holiday during term time is to deprive them of precious time togetherSome will say you cant put a price on a family holiday, but schools and travel companies are certainly trying. The stories of headteachers refusing to grant permission for parents to take their children on affordable term-time holidays (and in one case, even attend a memorial service) have been mounting, but new education secretary Nicky Morgan says she will not be changing the rules. They state that permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.As circumstances go, Curtis Ingrouille-Kidds could not be more exceptional. The 13-year-old has cerebral palsy, epileptic fits and is blind, and his proposed holiday may be the last one he ever takes (his family have been told that he could die between the ages of 14 and 19). Yet his parents face fines and prosecution if they take him on a cruise where the swimming pool and the sensory motion of the boat will give him the relaxation he needs, and deserves. Continue reading...

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