"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.
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.
More top news
Theresa May has said there is "no place in our politics" for intimidation after Tory Brexit rebel MPs received death threats and abuse.
All workers over 18 will save into a workplace pension unless they opt out under plans to lower the qualifying age of auto-enrolment.
South Africa's ruling ANC party, the party of Nelson Mandela, has never been so divided nor mired in scandal.