Taking Kids on Holiday During Term Time — New Rules
Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
2.—(1) The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006(1) are amended as follows.
(2) In regulation 7—
(a)after paragraph (1) insert—
“(1A) Subject to paragraph (2), leave of absence shall not be granted unless—
(a)an application has been made in advance to the proprietor by a parent with whom the pupil normally resides; and
(b)the proprietor, or a person authorised by the proprietor in accordance with paragraph (1), considers that leave of absence should be granted due to the exceptional circumstances relating to that application.”;
Exceptional circumstances, decided by the proprietor (the head teacher). My head is exercising common sense. The new legislation is to stop people taking the piss. It is by no means out of the school’s hands.Posted 4 years agoNobbySubscriber
Our SIO from the LA made it clear to us that holidays did not fall under the definition of ‘leave of absence’ any longer – hence it being deleted from the regulation wording. Therefore, our head was told in no uncertain terms that they had no authority in this regard.
It may well be that your LA has a different view.Posted 4 years agomildredMember
A nice dilemma to have.
We’ve just been threatened with a fine for our daughter being off school 5 days with suspected viral meningitis, which the school already know about, yet clearly don’t believe..! This is despite the fact our son in the year below has been attending every day, and the daughter in question never having had a day off school in her life. It made my eye balls roll a bit when the letter was delivered on the day of strikes, which prevented her from returning.Posted 4 years agoianvMember
From the dfe.
Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow headteachers 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 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 may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Heads might still have some discretion but it seems pretty clear that normal family holidays should not be interpreted as exceptional circumstances.Posted 4 years agojamj1974Subscriber
Changing the subject totally. There are teachers out there who spend their lives working their balls off for their pupils. As a student I knew which teachers these were and as a parent I recognise them clearly. If you are one of these I hope you know it too.
We make a point of telling them they are really appreciated. It’s amazing how many aren’t told…Posted 4 years agohammyukMember
Anyone wonder how much of this is down to the loss of revenue by the holiday companies and the follow on tax income for thePosted 4 years ago
thievesgovernment when the inflated prices are bought in during “normal” holiday periods?
My eldest has an almost faultless attendance record – yet last term she had 5 “unauthorised absences” on her record!
They soon disappeared when the school where reminded that 3 of those where for home study days that THE SCHOOL ARRANGED and the other two where in fact orthodontist visits arranged several months in advance!
She is almost 5mths ahead of her peers in course work, in the top 2% of her school and the top 5% county yet they seem to think she will suffer if she so much as misses an hr of lessons. Her extra work is coming from 2yrs above where she is and she gets top marks.
Its already been proven and documented by her tutor that she is suffering more having to repeat work/lessons/etc that she has already done just so they can keep their stats looking good!
Personally – if I didn’t run 4 companies – I’d consider home schooling her to ensure she is pushed. Too much emphasis is placed on the “lower levels”, bringing them up and “helping the less able” to the detriment of the higher achievers nowadays and it boils my p*ss.
IF I choose to arrange a holiday out of the “normal period” due to work/contractual commitments, etc then I will do so regardless.slugwashMember
I’d consider home schooling her to ensure she is pushed. Too much emphasis is placed on the “lower levels”, bringing them up and “helping the less able” to the detriment of the higher achievers nowadays and it boils my p*ss.
It might boil you piss also if she wasn’t a high achiever and she was left to flounder whilst the school groomed up their more gifted pupils for Oxbridge entrance exams. Which brings me to ask, is she at the right school? Any grammer schools in your area or are the fruits of your four companies enough to sent her to an independent educational establishment?Posted 4 years agoMostly BalancedMember
A post script to this discussion:
A week ago I sent a letter to my son’s school asking if there were any activities planned for the week before the half term that it would harm my son’s education to miss. I also stated that I had no intention of taking term time holidays once his GCSE courses start next year.
Today I received a phone call from my son’s year leader in which he told me that although he could not officially sanction absence, in his opinion my son’s progress and attendance were good enough that missing the four days I had identified would not be detrimental to his education.Posted 4 years ago
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