School attendance continues to be mandatory for all pupils and the usual rules on school attendance apply. This includes parents’ and carers' duty to ensure their child regularly attends school, and schools’ and local authorities’ ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, for poor attendance.
The Department for Education has made it clear that it expects schools and local authorities to continue to communicate clear expectations around attendance to families, identify pupils at risk of disengagement and develop plans to re-engage them.
As restrictions begin to lift, we know some families may be looking to take holidays during term time. As usual, parents/carers should plan their holidays around school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school on holiday.