Parents are currently fearful of taking children out of school for sometimes very good reasons. Give Heads discretion to authorise when they consider the reason is sound and it might have a beneficial impact on the child.
Head Teachers are currently unable to grant the odd day off for children to miss school for good reasons unless part of 'the main holiday'. They can authorise up to 10 days in one block for a holiday, but not two one-day breaks in the same school year – whatever the reason and however little impact it may have on education. This crazy! Give heads back the discretion to authorise days off when they consider it appropriate.