Children’s Secretary Ed Balls is set to promise in Birmingham to tackle parents who refuse to accept that teachers have a right to discipline their children.
Some headteachers put unruly pupils in detention only for the parents to march into class and demand that their children be allowed to leave, according to Mr Balls.
He has asked the Government’s school behaviour adviser Sir Alan Steer to investigate how heads can work with parents who challenge their authority.
Speaking to heads at the National College for School Leadership conferenceat the ICC, Mr Balls will say: “When I talk to heads they say behaviour is one of their main concerns. Some talk of giving detentions to pupils only for the parent to come in and demand their child is let off.
“I have asked Sir Alan Steer, as part of his review of behaviour in schools, to look at some ideas to help heads work with these parents.”