The TES reports that more than 100,000 more children missed lessons last year because of unauthorised family holidays.
It comes as the Supreme Court considers a landmark case about whether a father who took his daughter on an unauthorised holiday should be fined, despite her having an otherwise good attendance record.
Last May, the High Court cleared Jon Platt, of the Isle of Wight, of failing to ensure his daughter attended school regularly. The Supreme Court is expected to issue its judgement in the coming weeks.
The case caused a surge in term-time bookings all over England.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Today’s figures show overall absence rates remain at historic lows, and thanks to the hard work of schools and local authorities the proportion of pupils who persistently miss school has fallen by more than a third since 2010-11.
“That is why we have tightened the rules to put teachers firmly back in charge of their classrooms, and we are supporting schools and local authorities to use their powers to tackle unauthorised absence.”
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