Changes to pupil attendance regulations

30 Aug

New regulations vis-à-vis the attendance of pupils came into force on 1 September 2013.  (See here.)

Previously, a headteacher could grant a pupil/student leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to 10 school days per year.   The headteacher could also grant extended leave for more than 10 school days in exceptional circumstances.  The revised regulations make no reference to family holidays and make it patently clear that leave of absence may only be approved in exceptional circumstances.  Term-time holidays now become unauthorised absences.

Also, the new regulations allow a school to delete a pupil from the admissions register where she/he has ceased to be of compulsory school age and failed to meet the academic requirement for entry to the sixth form.  This provision brings the regulations into line with the School Admissions Code 2012 which permits a school to set academic requirement for entry to the sixth form.

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