Taking holidays during term time can have a detrimental effect on educational progress and achievement because pupils may:
- Get behind in their school work.
- Get lower results in assignments, test or examinations because of missed work.
- Miss tests, examinations or deadlines for assignments.
- May not understand some new work on their return.
Under the Amendments made to the 2006 school attendance regulations it makes clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Head teachers only have a discretionary power to grant leave of absence in any school year in exceptional circumstances.
- Absences will not be authorised in the following circumstance
No explanation is offered by the parent/carer
The explanation offered is unsatisfactory (i.e. shopping, haircuts etc)
Lateness - when the child arrives after the register has closed
'Special Occasions' (when the school does not agree that leave should be given)
If the permission to take leave is not granted and the pupil still goes on holiday, the absence will be unauthorised (G), e.g. this may lead to a referral to the Local Authority and a Penalty Notice may be issued.
Any absences later found to be of an untrue reason will be registered as unauthorised retrospectively.