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9:39am 9th July 2014

A former Cornwall head teacher gives the government a tourism warning over school holiday fines.

Geoff Brown says attendance should not be used as a stick to beat schools with.

Parents are being forced to pay sixty pounds a child if they take them out of class during term time.

Now some businesses tell Pirate FM it is a slower start to the season and there are fewer children about.

Geoff Brown from Newquay taught for thirty years, he said: "I always took the view when I was a head teacher that one of the things that we should be promoting in schools is strong family values, and if you can't support children to spend quality time with their parents then I'm not sure what schools are all about really.

"I always used to take the view that if the children's attendance for the rest of the year was reasonable, and that they could make sure that if there was specific work that they were going to miss that we could cover it another way, then I can see no reason why they shouldn't have quality time with their parents."

9:39am 9th July 2014

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