Holidays in Term Time
The Department for Education (DFE) has announced important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time.
From the 1 September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Head teachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from school.
In the academic year 2011 to 2012, 9.7% of all absences in England were due to parents taking their children out of school during term time. This high level of absence has led the DFE to make this important change to legislation.
As a Local Authority, we fully appreciate the financial difficulties that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays. However, we are expecting that all schools in Tameside introduce firm policies and stringent checks to ensure that there is a significant reduction in the number of absences being authorised by school during term time.
Further information can be obtained from www.dfe.gov.uk .