The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has said that parents should take responsibility for getting their child to school.
Brian Lightman said:
School leaders and teachers do all they can for children, but they need them there to be able to do so.
Parents have got a responsibility. If they really cannot get a child to go to school they should seek help, schools and local authorities can offer help.
To be defeatist and say 'I can't make the child attend, or behave' is unacceptable and damaging for the life chances of that child.
More top news
ITV News spoke to Nick Channing-Williams who described the freezing conditions on board the car ferry that caught fire earlier today.
A widespread frost will affect the UK due to plummeting temperatures along with a lingering fog in several areas.
Members of the Queen's Guard have been assigned the protection of armed police, amid reports they could be targeted by terrorists.