Leave of Absence in Term Time – New Regulations
The Government has introduced some significant changes to attendance regulations for pupils at school from September 2013. The most important of these is in relation to term-time leave of absence.
“Evidence shows that children with poor attendance are unlikely to succeed academically and are more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment of training) when they leave school”.
“If children are taken away for a two week family holiday every year and have an average number of days off for sickness and appointments, they will have missed the equivalent of a year off school by the time they are sixteen”.
“There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement”. (Improving Attendance at School – Charlie Taylor pub. DfE 2012)