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  • Attendance: the legal requirements How many days a year can a child be legally absent from school? We set out the legal requirements relating to school attendance that apply to parents. You will also find information on when absence should be authorised, and when headteachers are permitted to authorise absence.
  • Does the DfE set attendance targets? Does the DfE set attendance targets? The DfE does not set attendance targets. We relay information from the DfE and explain that the government lowered the threshold for persistent absence in 2015. We refer to attendance targets from schools and link to related articles from The Key.
  • Persistent lateness Read on to find strategies for reducing persistent lateness. We also look at whether parents can be fined.
  • Study leave for pupils Schools can grant study leave to students for public exams. Learn which absence codes to use, and whether study leave counts towards attendance figures. We also explain that schools should still make provision for pupils who want to come into school to revise.