Changes to the Pupil Registration Regulations

The DoE has published new amendments to the Pupil Registration Regulations which will come into force from September 2013 and relate to Holidays in Term Time, Penalty Notices and Deletions from the school register.



Holiday in Term Time


The Pupil Registration Regulations currently allow headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.


The amendment removes references to “family holiday” and “extended leave” as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

  • It will still be for schools to define ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.


Penalty Notices


Amendments to 2007 regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.


Removal from Roll


The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently do not provide for a school to delete a pupil from the admission register where the pupil has ceased to be of compulsory school age and has failed to meet the academic requirements for entry to their sixth-form.

Amendments to the 2006 Regulations will allow this bringing the regulations into line with the new School Admissions Code 2012, which allows schools to set academic requirements for entry into sixth form.


These amendments will come into force from 1st September, 2013

The DoE website article can be viewed here


Published: 11/04/2013
Audience: Headteachers, Attendance Leader, Staf supporting school attendance
Contact: Neil Hellewell

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