Our school is bringing in a new policy re discretionary (not statutory) leave of absence. A lot of absences now appear to be unpaid; for instance, a medical appointment in school time now only gets paid up to half a day; "important family occasions" may be granted unpaid. It has always been customary here to grant a days paid leave to attend a child's graduation, for instance; also I have never heard of having to lose pay for hospital appointments, even if you have to take a whole day. Can they just change this without consultation? The head has told me this a standard policy for EPM schools, and as such the unions will have been consulted.I am interested to know what people think of this, and what other school's policies are.