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Headteacher suspended for using fake sick note to go on holiday

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Dave Fawbert
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We know people often use the line "do as I say, not as I do" but this really takes the biscuit.

A headteacher at a school in Burnley has been suspended after going to Brazil for a cycling holiday during term time.

58-year-old Ian McCann, head of Rosewood Primary School, had requested a leave of absence to take part in a charity bike ride in Brazil during the final week of term; however, when governers declined it, he reportedly handed in a 'sick note' and went anyway.

Making the episode doubly embarrassing, Lancashire County Council was recently named top of a list of councils fining parents for taking their children on term-time holidays, with 3,907 fines issued between September 2014 and July 2015.

Chair of the school's governors Alex Bird stated: "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."

Rule number one of bunking off Mr McCann, as any kid will tell you: never request it as holiday first - they might, just might smell a rat if you're then subsequently 'sick'.

Perhaps he needs to go back to school himself.

[via BBC]

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