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Term-time absence: can we stop pupils going on holiday?

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Last updated on 1 August 2017
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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.

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  1. 1 Term-time holidays: DfE guidance
  2. 2 Schools' powers to prevent unauthorised holidays
  3. 3 Unauthorised absence: safeguarding concerns
  4. 4 Managing forthcoming unauthorised absences

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