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  • Absence and attendance in the sixth form Find out what you need to record in your register for sixth-form students. Learn about setting sanctions and whether you have to inform parents about students' absence.
  • Absence requests for religious observance Make sure you know how to handle requests for absence from both pupils and staff during religious events. Also, find links to calendars of celebrations to keep on top of when you might see absence requests.
  • Pupil leave of absence during term time Term-time absences can only be granted in 'exceptional circumstances'. This article includes a Parent Pamphlet setting out the rules on term-time leave. It looks at examples of exceptional circumstances from schools and links to DfE advice.
  • Tackling unauthorised absence: fining parents Your school is legally entitled to fine parents if their children have poor attendance. Find out about when you can issue a penalty notice, and whether you can challenge LA decisions on penalty notices and prosecutions.
  • Term-time absence: can we stop pupils going on holiday? Can we stop parents taking their children on holiday in term time? We explain that schools can refuse to authorise term-time absences, and can issue fixed penalty notices. One of our experts advises what schools can do when parents plan to take their children on holiday during term time.
  • Traveller pupils: absence and attendance Must we authorise absences for Traveller pupils? We explain that the term ‘Traveller’ covers groups such as Roma and Gypsies, and look at legislation around attendance expectations for Traveller pupils. You will also find advice on when to authorise absence and which absence codes to use.