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Topic - School Unauthorised Absence Penalties

lowersharpnose - on 19 Sep 2013

Schools are no longer allowed to authorise term time absences for holidays.

No longer can you take a long weekend by having Friday afternoon off.

The local authority will fine *each* parent 120 for *each* child who has an unauthorised absence from school. The 120 is reduced to 60 if you pay within 21 days.

If you are rich, then it is just another cost on the skiing holiday etc.

I imagine there will be an increase in children off sick. Also, we take one day off, why not take a week or two off, if the fine is the same.

Does anyone have a link to the actual law on this?

If a parent reports their child off sick, but is found to have gone on holiday, does the school have to dob them in?

Sledgehammer to crack a nut, this.
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