Parents in Wales CAN take children on holiday in term time with headteacher’s permission, education minister says

Wales Online is reporting that Wales’ Education Minister Huw Lewis has said parents in Wales can take their children out of school during term-time if they seek permission from headteachers.

Mr Lewis has issued a letter to Welsh education chiefs clarifying the nation’s policy on term-time absence…

The minister said he is concerned that some local authority or education consortia say heads should refuse all requests for term time absence.

The move by the minister to clarify the situation was welcomed by campaigners who have protested against fixed penalty notices (FPNs) being issued to parents taking their children out of school for holidays…

The letter from Mr Lewis to all directors of education in Wales states that regulations from 2010 gives head teachers a discretionary power to authorise leave for a family holiday during term time where parents seek permission.

“Save in exceptional circumstances, no more than 10 days leave should be granted for this purpose,” he said.

“I am concerned that some local authority or consortia guidance indicates that head teachers should not exercise their discretion and should instead refuse all requests for term time absence as a matter of course regardless of the particular circumstances leading to such a request,” wrote Mr Lewis.

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  1. Primageographer

    SchoolsImprove at last – leadership & common sense re discretionary holidays out of term time. Some equilibrium restored. Well done #Wales

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