From the 1st September 2013 the Government ended parent’s right to remove children from school during term time to go on holiday or other similar activities.

The relevant legislation which has been changed by the Government is The Education (Pupil Registration)(England) Regulations 2006 which is being replaced by the Education (Pupil Registration)(England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

As a result of this change in legislation the School will no longer be able to authorise holidays during term time and the Holiday Application Form will no longer be available.

Schools are quite within their rights to say that holidays in school time are not allowed. Parents/carers who take their children out of school during school term without the Head teacher’s authorisation are at risk of being issued with an Official Warning Letter, invited to a School Attendance Consultative Group Meeting.  The school will invite an independent person from the London Borough of Newham to Chair the meeting. The outcome of this meeting could result in being referred to Court.

In addition:

  • You risk losing your child’s place at school;
  • You risk your child’s future through lost learning and lower achievement;
  • You risk your child feeling left behind and left out.