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Warwickshire Attendance Service Update - 26th May 2021

Coding Guidance for Pupils Travelling Abroad

During the half term break, many families may take the opportunity to take a holiday abroad.  This means that on their return, they may be required to quarantine.  

Pupils who are required by legislation to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine 

If a pupil is required to be in quarantine on return to the UK, code X should be used for the duration of the quarantine.  Schools are required to provide education for these pupils during this period.

Coding for holidays during term time.   

The DfE advise that parents should plan their holidays within school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time. Families should also consider that their child may need to self-isolate following trips overseas that require a period of quarantine.   

Headteachers retain the ability to authorise leave in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (amended 2013), if they consider there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.  


Pupils should be coded as either H (authorised holiday) or G (unauthorised holiday) for the duration of the holiday.   

If a pupil is required to be in quarantine on return to the UK follow a term time holiday, code X should be used as outlined above. 

If you have any further questions, please contact Warwickshire Attendance Service using the email address below: 



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