The Department of Education has issued substantial changes to the Attendance at School Regulations from 1st September 2013 which prevent Headteachers from granting leave during term-time. The actual guidance states:-
“Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove reference to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
In the past we have been able to authorise holidays of up to ten days, dependent on the time of the school year and if a child has had a proven history of good attendance. As you can see, this will change from September.
While I do appreciate that holidays are often cheaper when taken during term time, this will no longer be an acceptable reason for not taking holidays in the 13 weeks which are available. I wanted to give you early notice of this so that you do not go ahead and book holidays in advance. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding on this matter.