The article states:
"The Department for Education (DfE) has given schools more power to deal with unauthorised absence, and has also increased the amount parents can be fined."
This is bollocks - I'm a School governor, we discussed these changes at our last full Governors meeting - the new rules give less power to schools, and all of the power to the Sec of State for Education, he is the only person who can now dictate when people can and cannot take their children out of School. It is almost impossible to find any clear examples of when Children are allowed to be taken out of school (e.g. Uncle's funeral, seemingly not allowed, grandparents funeral, seemingly not allowed…) and Heads are concerned that if they exercise their own judgement, then they will be criticised or worse.
For all of Gove's talk about empowering schools and Head Teachers, the only person he has empowered is himself.
Personally, I haven't ever taken my kids out of school (although I took a week out of School when I was younger to go on a trip to South America with the Scouts), but I have no problem with people who choose to do so, and would support a change in the rules back to giving heads the discretion, they are the ones who know who is taking the piss and who is not.