Taking your child out of school during term time for holidays is also likely to impact on their achievement. There are 38 weeks in the year when schools open, and 14 weeks when families can take holidays. Head teachers can only authorise a leave of absence in exceptional circumstances.
If your child takes unauthorised holidays or takes longer than the time agreed by your Headteacher, this absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Sanctions could be imposed including:
- Your child could lose their school place
- You could face a penalty fine