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Pupils and their families will be required to agree to the deal - setting out minimum standards of behaviour and attendance - before the start of term. Contracts, known as Home School Agreements, will also establish parents' responsibilities for the first time.
They face court action and possible fines of up to £1,000 for repeatedly breaking rules.
The contracts will become compulsory in all English state schools under plans laid out in a Government White Paper.
Originally posted by Aislin
reply to post by lightchild
My family and I have lived in several states across the U.S.. I have had to sign a parent contract in every school that my children have attended.
Originally posted by lightchild
reply to post by CX
Thank you for your replies
CX and Aislin
Agreements and contracts have been around in the UK for a few years and I agree with them.
But the ones you have signed, were they enforceable by law?
Could you go to court for breaking them and in extreme cases jail!
Originally posted by yeebsy
The GOVERNMENT has taken AWAY our ability to punish our kids by smacking (no, I'm not talking about knocking 9 bells of sh..e out of the kids), the same government that also took away teachers powers to punish kids and now of course the kids know it, teachers aren't even aloud to raise their voices at the poor little dears because it might mentally scar them.
posted by lightchild
how can a parent enforce good behaviour in class?
Sections 110 and 111 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 set out that:
* All maintained schools, city technology colleges and city colleges for the technology of the arts adopt a home-school agreement and associated parental declaration
* A home-school agreement is a statement explaining: the school's aims and values; the school's responsibilities towards its pupils who are of compulsory school age; the responsibilities of the pupil's parents; and what the school expects of its pupils
* Before adopting or revising the home-school agreement, the governing body must consult all registered parents of pupils at the school who are of compulsory school age
* The governing body must take reasonable steps to ensure that all registered parents of pupils of compulsory school age sign the parental declaration to indicate that they understand and accept the contents of the agreement
* The governing body is not required to seek the signature of a parent where they consider that there are special circumstances relating to the parent or pupil in question that would make it inappropriate to do so
* The governing body may also invite any pupil, whom they consider to have a sufficient understanding of the home-school agreement as it relates to him or her, to sign the parental declaration as an indication that he or she acknowledges and accepts the school's expectations of its pupils
* The governing body must review the agreement from time to time
* In carrying out their responsibilities in relation to home-school agreements, governing bodies must have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State
* The Secretary of State may prohibit the inclusion of certain forms of words, or words which have a particular effect in home-school agreements or parental declarations
* Breaches of the terms of the agreement will not be actionable through the courts
* A child must not be excluded from school, nor should a child and/or his or her parents suffer any other adverse consequences on account of his or her parents' failure or refusal to sign the parental declaration
* The governing body or the LEA, where it is the admissions authority for the school, must not:
o invite a parent or child to sign the parental declaration before the child has been admitted to the school
o make the signing of the parental declaration a condition of the child's admission to the school
o base a decision as to whether to admit a child to the school on whether his or her parents are or are not likely to sign the parental declaration
Home School Agreements
None of the above is true, however. You are allowed to smack your kids
and teachers can do quite a bit to control unruly pupils in their care.
The law has recently changed and now says that any parent who smacks their child sufficiently enough to leave marks or bruises could face up to five years imprisonment on a charge of assault. There is of course no way of clearly defining the proper level of chastisement when it comes to individual parents; all parents have different ways of bringing their children up and the law has to reflect this. However a light smack to the back of the legs is acceptable and many say this is the best way to discipline their child; a light smack issued with a stern warning. The law is very clear however that any smack or punishment that leaves clear marks, welts, bruises or scratches has gone beyond what is reasonably acceptable and is a prosecutable offence. These new laws came into effect in November 2004
As a parent you have the legal and moral obligation to ensure that your child is both looked after and not making a nuisance of themselves when it comes to others. Many parents feel that by shouting at their child they are making sufficient strides to ensure their behavior. However this is not always the case and in some instances can be considered to be emotional bullying especially if reported to the relevant authorities.
Oh, there are ways and means to ensure that your child behaves, trust me.
Ministers suggested that "good" parents would be able to complain about other mothers and fathers who fail to ensure their children behave.