He also agreed that "we cannot legislate for a relationship" but went on to say that the clause (98) "establishes a framework that will be conducive to a constructive relationship between parents and schools".
Developing good relationships is not easy but needs to be based on principles of mutual respect, sharing of information and ideas and a commitment to regular, open and honest communication. Home-school agreements are not the answer - they are bureaucratic, unnecessary and are more likely to alienate than to bring parents and teachers together in support of children.
Developing home-school policies, however, would enable schools to open up the debate between all the partners - governors, staff, parents and children - and to agree ways forward in a far more constructive way.
MELIAN MANSFIELD. National executive member. Campaign for State Education. 57 Weston Park, London N8