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Term-time Pupil Absence

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on pupils being taken out of school during term-time for holidays. (205979)

Our policy is to discourage all avoidable absence, including term-time holidays, because of the increased risk of underachievement or harm to children. We trust head teachers to judge whether any given absence is justified, such as a family crisis or when a parent's employer cannot or will not release them during normal school holidays. Head teachers can grant up to 10 days’ holiday absence from school for special reasons, and longer periods in exceptional circumstances.