Change to NCC Attendance Policy
The Local Authority has been working together with local schools and Academies to reduce the amount of leave taken in term time, by requesting that Penalty Notices are issued under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 (amended regulations 2013).
Parents need to be aware that as of Monday 25 April 2016, Northamptonshire County Council is changing the policy, which will mean that a Penalty Notice will be issued for 5 days of absence (the equivalent of 10 sessions) rather than 10 days (the equivalent of 20 sessions).
There is clear evidence that any absence can, and will, have an impact on attainment. It is therefore important that schools and Academies maintain good attendance levels and that parents support this by ensuring their children attend school regularly. Whilst parents/carers can provide explanations for absences, it is at the Academy’s discretion as to whether an absence will be authorised or unauthorised.
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