The Education Welfare Officer inspects the school to check pupil attendance, they may contact parents regarding their child’s absence. Parents and carers are advised that holiday in term time is not a right and all applications must be discussed with Head teacher. Unauthorised absence can lead to the issue of a penalty notice or prosecution in a magistrate’s court.
Updated guidance from the Department of Education came into force on 1st September 2013.
The amendments make clear that Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted