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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.
  • Persistent lateness Read on to find strategies for reducing persistent lateness. We also look at whether parents can be fined.
  • Study leave for pupils: requirements and guidance UpdatedFind out if you can grant study leave and what to consider when granting it. Plus, learn which absence codes to use, and whether study leave counts towards attendance figures.