The government is set to adopt a firmer line on misbehaving pupils by making their parents more accountable.
Under a new initiative to be announced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, adults could be fined and even sentenced to time in jail should they fail to stick to home-school agreements.
In most cases, teaching assistants
and teachers establish a productive relationship with parents. This new scheme is devised to help "make sure the rules are enforced", says education secretary Ed Balls.
The minister told the Sunday Mirror that schools have noted not all parents are willing to co-operate with the education system.
"That has to change. There must be real consequences for those parents who don't take their responsibilities seriously," he commented.
Announced in a government white paper tomorrow, Mr Balls' proposals will also include one-to-one tutoring for pupils who are struggling to learn maths and English.