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Term Time Leave

From 1st September 2013, amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 made clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Regulations apply to all maintained schools, academies, studio schools, free schools and independent schools. From 1st September 2016, further amendments were made to the Regulations relating to removal from roll (page 7). Term time holidays continue to cause significant concern and debate. While there are many different views, the direct correlation between attendance and attainment is undeniable. Absence from school interrupts teaching and learning and compromises progress. Birmingham City Council therefore seeks to support Birmingham schools and academies in reducing the amount of education lost to pupil leave of absence in term time. Birmingham City Council strongly discourages pupil leave of absence during term time. The expectation is that such leave would only be authorised in the most exceptional circumstances. Birmingham City Council’s Penalty Notice ‘Code of Conduct’, which governs the issuing of the Local Authority’s penalty notices in relation to pupil absence, can be found via the link below: ral/690/pupil_attendance_advice_for_schools_and_professionals