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Term time absence

From 1 September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 come into force. 

The amendments to the 2006 regulations mean that is only permissible to remove your child from school during term time due to exceptional circumstances. 

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.  

The following are NOT classed as exceptional circumstances:

• Family holiday
• Any type of shopping
• Looking after siblings or unwell parents
• Minding the house
• Birthday or other celebrations
• Resting after a late night
• Relatives visiting or visiting relatives 

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