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NAHT issues new guidance on authorised absence from school

As NAHT publishes new guidance on authorised absences, Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary said: “We surveyed our members and 90 per cent of themsaid theywould welcome more detailed guidance on what constitutes exceptional circumstances for granting absence during term time.

“Head teachers already have discretion over the granting of absence during term time. They rightly prioritise learning over holidays. Head teachers are able to - and do - authorise absence in exceptional circumstances.

“The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are where requests are rare, significant, unavoidable and short. NAHT believes that these new guidelines support existing government policy on school absence. They will give head teachers and parents a consistent and reasonable definition of 'exceptional'. This will help with making individual decisions about granting authorised absence in term time.”

Download the guidance below.

Page Published: 27/10/2014

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