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Attendance: the legal requirements

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Last updated on 1 August 2017
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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.

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  1. 1 Requirement to ensure 'regular' school attendance
  2. 2 Absence is permitted in certain circumstances

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