• The 1996 Education Act places a duty on parents to ensure regular attendance
  • There is no legal entitlement to absence in term time
  • A child is a member of a school community - return from absence can be a stressful time for a child, especially with regard to relationships, school routines and coping with missed learning
  • Teachers plan programmes for learning to fit with school terms - interrupting school terms makes it difficult for teachers to deliver a full and balanced curriculum for your child
  • Absence from school without the Headteacher’s permission is recorded in the school register as an unauthorised absence



From September 2013, the Government withdrew the right for head teachers to grant 10 days holiday leave to children during the school year. The new guidelines are very specific that absence from school may only now be granted by the head teacher in ‘exceptional’ circumstances. 

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