More pupils missing school for family holidays, figures show

The TES is reporting that the number of days missed for family holidays is at five-year high

Around one in 13 pupils (7.6 per cent) missed at least half a day after being taken on trips in the autumn and spring terms of 2015/16, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.

This is up from 7.2 per cent the year before, and includes holidays approved by head teachers as well as those that were unauthorised.

A breakdown of absence by reason shows that one in 20 half days missed were down to unapproved family trips – a five-year high. This is has gone up from roughly one in 23 half days in the previous academic year, and one in 30 in 2011/12. The statistics show the proportion of time missed due to authorised family holidays has remained static at 1.2 per cent.

The latest figures come amid continuing controversy over a government crackdown on school absence, introduced in autumn 2013.

Overall, unapproved family holidays accounted for 5 per cent of authorised and unauthorised absences in 2015/16, compared with 4.4 per cent in 2014/15. This had dropped from 4.6 per cent in 2013/14 – the year new rules on school absence, including higher fines for parents if children miss lessons, came into force.

More at: More pupils missing school for family holidays, figures show

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  1. Britinfloridaus

    Millions of children in Africa would love to go to school. I pay my taxes for children to go to school, not empty seats. A day lost (and it is rarely a day) can never he regained. Maybe if schools removed places parents might think twice.

  2. sheilattuned

    SchoolsImprove family holidays are really important quality time which many families can’t afford in school holidays #equality

  3. essarrjay

    David Platt on the Isle of Wight (who is receiving Legal Aid for this ‘fight’) should be very happy today.

  4. Britinfloridaus

    essarrjay David? I think you mean Jon.  If only it were David, it would be another farce from Coronation Street!  Many times we hear parents say, well it was an educational visit.  I am sure there are many educational things to be learnt at Disney World in Florida.

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