Schools: Festivals and Special Occasions

Department for Education written question – answered on 18th July 2016.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision schools make for Muslim children who want to take time off school for Eid.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

A school should treat a pupil’s absence as authorised if a pupil is unable to attend on a day exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which their parent belongs.

This is set out in Regulation 6(2)(b)(ii) of the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, available at:

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