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HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME

Information for Parents

 

The Local Authority is committed to ensuring that all children benefit from maximising the educational opportunities available.  Regular school attendance is a crucial factor in realising this aim.

 

Taking holidays during term time can have a detrimental affect on educational progress and achievement because pupils may:

  • Get behind in their school work.
  • Get lower results in assignments, test or examinations because of missed work.
  • Miss tests, examinations or deadlines for assignments.
  • May not understand some new work on their return.

 

What the Regulations say:

 

Under Regulation 7 of the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006, the head teacher, or a person authorised by the head teacher, has a discretionary power for leave to be granted for the purpose of an annual family holiday if there are special circumstances relating to that application.

 

You should be aware that if you take your child on holiday in term time without the authorisation of your child’s Head Teacher you may be issued with a Penalty Notice.

 

Penalty Notices

 

What is a Penalty Notice?

 

The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced new legislation that made provision for Local Authorities to issue Penalty Notices.  These notices require a fine to be paid by parents of pupils who have unauthorised absence from school.

 

A Penalty Notice could be issued in the following circumstances:

 

  • Where a holiday is taken during term time without the authorisation of the Head Teacher or his/her representative.

 

  • Where a pupil has unauthorised absence from school and their parent/carer fails to co-operate with school staff and the Attendance Improvement Service to improve the situation.

 

What are the Penalties?

 

If a Penalty Notice is issued the penalty is £50 when payment is made within 28 days of receipt of the notice.  After 28 days it will increase to £100.  Failure to pay within 40 days of receipt of the notice will result in summons for the parent/carer(s) to appear before the Magistrates Court for failing to secure their child’s regular attendance at school.

 

The Attendance Improvement Service

 

The Attendance Improvement Service works closely with schools, families and pupils to assist with school attendance problems.  The Attendance Improvement Service is also the enforcement arm of the local authority and has delegated responsibility to issue Penalty Notices and prosecute parents in the Magistrates Court for failing to secure their child’s regular attendance.

 

If you are having difficulties ensuring that your child attends school regularly, you should talk to school staff.  Do this sooner rather than later.  If you want to speak to an Attendance Improvement Officer telephone 0116 305 6347 giving your name, address, contact number and the name of your child’s school.  An Attendance Improvement Officer will then get in touch.

 

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