Changes to regulations for taking holidays in term time

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

Term-time holiday

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow headteachers/ principals 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/ principals can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers/principals may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers/principals should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

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Mrs Robey our Attendance Manager speaks about the changes in her latest attendance blog below:

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