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Schools may close for Ramadan and other non-Christian festivals to avoid pupils missing classes
Schools are closing for non-Christian religious festivals as well as Christmas and Easter to help curb absenteeism.
Growing numbers of councils are allowing schools to give pupils the day off to mark occasions such as Ramadan and the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Parents are legally entitled to take their children out of school for non-Christian festivals but end up missing lessons if the dates fall mid-term.
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