Change in the law regarding term-time holidays
The government have amended the law regarding parents’ rights to remove their children from school during term-time to go on holiday – ‘Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006: amended in 2013’.
Headteachers can now only grant leave of absence in a very limited number of cases and only where parents can show that there are exceptional circumstances. Family holiday is no longer listed in the law as one of the permitted reasons for leave of absence to be granted.
The law remains very clear that parents who take their child out of school during term time, without sufficiently significant reason and the permission of the school, are likely to face legal proceedings including the possibility of fixed penalty notices/fines.