Amendments have been made to Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into effect on 1st September 2013. The amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
In Addition, parents/carers must ensure that they know the rules about the schools Attendance Policy in respect of authorised absence and unauthorised as this has a huge impact on a pupils' learning if this is not consistent. There are two types of absences:
Authorised Absence - this is when the head teacher approves a pupils' absence in advance.
Unauthorised Absence - this is when the head teacher will not approve, for example, a holiday during term time.
The following absences will not be authorised, EXCEPT in exceptional circumstances, in order to comply with statutory attendance targets:
The following absences will not be authorised, EVEN in exceptional circumstances, in order to comply with statutory attendance targets:
Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance using the correct form. The presumption must be that it will not be authorised save in exceptional circumstances.
Along with the request you will need to attach a letter outlining the 'special circumstances' for which a the absence is being applied for. If this is not provided, the school will be unable to authorise the request. In addition, you may be asked to supply copies of travel documents and where applicable a letter from a place of work agreeing holiday cannot be taken at any other time.
The school will ensure that term dates are available to parents well in advance to ensure holidays are not booked during term time.