Heads can ‘prosecute’ parents of errant pupils

UK Telegraph 05 September 2007
From this week, they can apply for a civil order requiring mothers and fathers of wayward pupils to take parenting classes, with fines if children continue to step out of line. This is an escalation of the Government’s hardline policy on unruly behaviour and problem parents. There could also be a criminal record and ?1,000 fine for parents of children found roaming the streets after being excluded from school.In a further move, the parents of suspended pupils will be hauled before head teachers for a “reintegration interview” before their child is allowed back into class. Head teachers gave a mixed reaction to the move last night, with one warning that it may lead to a breakdown in relations with parents.