School census

Authorised Absence Codes

Amendments have been made to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations which came into force on 1 September 2013.

Code F – authorised absence due to agreed extended family holiday – has effectively become redundant.

From September 2013, schools are asked to use code H (Authorised absence due to agreed family holiday) for any absences for which they would previously have used code F. If any code Fs are returned in the School Census these will be aggregated with those with code H.

Code G, ‘Unauthorised absence as pupil is on a family holiday, not agreed, or is taking days in excess of an agreed family holiday’, may still be used.