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Sir Wilshaw: Headteachers should fine bad parents

The chief inspector of schools has spoken of his experiences as a head teacher in London's inner-city schools saying he told people if he thought they were a "poor parents."

The chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

In an interview with The Times, Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "I was absolutely clear with parents; if they weren't doing a good job I would tell them so. It's up to head teachers to say quite clearly, 'You're a poor parent'.

"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."

Inspector: 'Teachers should confront bad parents'

"Bad parents" should be confronted by teachers while headteachers should be given powers to fine mothers and fathers who fail to support their children's education, the chief inspector of schools has said.

Chief inspector of schools says 'teachers should confront bad parents' Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir Michael Wilshaw called for head teachers to be given the authority to impose financial penalties on parents who allow homework to be left undone, miss parents' evenings or fail to read with their children.

The head of the schools watchdog Ofsted also told The Times that poverty was too often used as an excuse for educational failure among white working-class families, whose children were often out-performed by those from immigrant communities.

Teachers abused online 'feel very personally hurt'

Teachers who are abused online by their own pupils "feel very personally hurt" by the vitriol directed at them on the internet, a headmaster of an east London school told Daybreak.

Ges Smith, the headmaster of a school in Walthamstow, said there were "two elements" to the effects of online abuse.

"One, it can be professionally and credibly damaging. And two, I have seen people who have been abused by young people online and they actually feel very personally hurt by it."


'Over a quarter' of online abuse posted by parents

Over one quarter of the abuse posted online to teachers was from the parents of pupils they looked after, a survey has found.

A survey from the NASUWT teaching union found 27% of teachers who had been victims of online abuse had received nasty comments from parents.

The poll also found:

  • Almost two thirds (64%) said the comments had been made by pupils.
  • Just over three in five (61%) said that the pupils posting the comments had been aged between 14 and 16.
  • Another third (35%) were from youngsters were between 11 and 14.
  • Around a fifth (21%) said that the youngsters responsible were 16 to 19.
  • Some 3% were from pupils aged between seven and 11.

Teachers subjected to 'vile' online abuse by pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, a survey has shown.

Teachers said they received vitriolic comments posted online by pupils as young as seven. Credit: PA

Data collected by the NASUWT teaching union found teachers had been racially abused, while others had lewd comments made about their sexuality.

Just over a fifth (21%) of the 7,500 teachers they quizzed had negative comments about them posted on a social media site.

The union's general secretary, Chris Keates, said more needed to be done to protect education staff from "the vile nature of the abuse they are suffering."

She added: "Schools should also be supporting staff in securing the removal of the offensive material from social media sites and encouraging the staff concerned to go to the police."

Unqualified teachers 'damaging school standards'

Schools hiring unqualified teaching staff is "damaging standards", shadow education secretary Tristam Hunt said, after a poll claimed that around more than half said that unqualified staff working as teachers were planning and preparing lessons.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt Credit: PA

Tristram Hunt said: "Many parents will be shocked to learn that David Cameron has changed the rules to allow schools to appoint unqualified teachers on a permanent basis.

"Improving the education our children receive in our schools means continually improving the quality of teaching in the classroom. Labour would end David Cameron's policy and ensure a qualified teacher in every classroom."

DfE: Quality of teaching workforce 'is rising'

It is right that state schools should enjoy the same advantage that private schools, a Department for Education spokeswoman has said, after a survey found that schools were using unqualified staff to teach pupils.

[The] latest teacher workforce census show there are 700 fewer non-QTS teachers in schools than there were in 2010, while the percentage of non-QTS teachers in academies is down from 9.4% in 2010 to 5.3%.

Overall the quality of the teaching workforce is rising. A record 96% of all teachers now have degrees or above, meaning there are an extra 43,000 teachers with degree level qualifications in classrooms since 2010

– Spokeswoman, Department for Education
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