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Absence from Learning

For many years parents in England have had the right to remove children from school in order to take them on a family holiday or for exceptional circumstances. As from 1 September 2013 these rights have changed.

Regulations allowed the Headteacher to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in 'special circumstances' of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers could also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.

The Coalition Government’s amendments to the 2006 regulations removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days.

The amendments also make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. They will be required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the exceptional leave is granted.

Further details can be found on the DfE website via the link below: