Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has suggested that parents who are not seen to fully support their child’s education should face tough penalties from schools.In an interview with the Times, Wilshaw said that parents who do not read with their children regularly, fail to ensure homework is completed and miss parents’ evenings should be fined.

Speaking of his experiences as a head teacher, he said: “If parents didn’t come into school, didn’t come to parents’ evening, didn’t read with their children, didn’t ensure they did their homework, I would tell them they were bad parents.

“I think head teachers should have the power to fine them. It’s sending the message that you are responsible for your children no matter how poor you are.”

However, Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, doesn’t support the Ofsted chief’s recommended approach.

He said: “It’s very important that schools engage with their community and with the parent body and they are very aware of the need to do this.

“It’s reasonable to challenge parents, but confrontation rarely leads to a positive outcome.”

Parents currently have to pay a £60 fine per pupil, per parent for any absences that are not authorised by their child’s school. Refusal to pay could lead to a jail sentence of up to three months.

Do you think parents should be fined for not being fully involved in their child’s education? What about single parents who work full-time, or children who resist their parents’ help because of issues such as bullying? Could this move create further barriers between parents and schools? Please share your views by commenting below.

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