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Pupil leave of absence during term time

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Last updated on 29 March 2018
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How should we deal with requests for holidays in 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.

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  1. 1 Term-time absences can only be granted in ‘exceptional circumstances’
  2. 2 The headteacher decides what constitutes ‘exceptional circumstances’
  3. 3 Examples of ‘exceptional circumstances’ from schools
  4. 4 A leave of absence must be authorised in advance
  5. 5 Deciding on a reasonable period of absence
  6. 6 Parents can be fined for taking their children on holiday during term time
  7. 7 Providing work for pupils to complete when off school in term time
  8. 8 Removing pupils from the school roll due to absence

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