Term Time Leave of Absence

Changes to Leave of Absence Requests for Term Time Holidays

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. This right was embedded in ‘The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006’. However the Coalition government has changed these regulations and issued the ‘Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013’. These amendments, as described below, came into force on 1st September 2013.

The amendments remove 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 such as bereavement. Headteachers are required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

The new Leave of Absence form can be downloaded below.