Holidays in term time
The government has recently made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. These came into force on 1 September 2013.
They state that Head teachers may not grant any leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances;
All exceptional circumstances must be by authorised by the Head teacher and in conjunction with school governors. In cases where there are exceptional circumstances it is the Head teacher and governors who determines the number of days a child can be away from school where leave is granted.
Parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. These remain on the child’s record and will be monitored for further action by the Education Welfare Service. Parents can be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action.