Headteachers will no longer be able to give children time off school in term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Until now, they could grant up to ten days leave for children to go on holiday with their families outside the usual school breaks.
The government says it is introducing the rules because poor attendance can damage a child's education. But the plans have been criticised by those who say it will affect the poorest families the most.
Frances Read reports.
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