Changes to regulations for absence during the school term

A few weeks ago the Government announced changes to certain educational regulations for absence from school during the school term. This got quite a lot of media coverage which has resulted in the public and Councillors raising the issue with me. In light of these enquiries I thought it would be advantageous for me to explain the actual changes. Before I do, I should say Cornwall Council has no power over this.

The Government has made changes to Penalty notices for truancy and exclusions. This has resulted in an amendment to The Education (penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007. The penalty time scales for payment have been reduced from a maximum 42 days to 28 days, and the penalty increased from £50 to £60 if paid within 21 days or £100 to £120 if paid by 28 days at the higher level.

Furthermore, the Government has also amended the 2006 Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations with regard the Head teachers discretion of holidays/absence in term time. The length of absence is determined by the head teacher who should only grant leave of absence in term time if there are exceptional reasons. Previously, the regulations referred to head teachers being able to approve up to 10 days holiday in term time but that threshold has been removed and it is now up to heads how long they will agree and absence in term time.

Hope that helps.

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