Hasty rethinking produced a compromise. Governors are required to draw up a parental declaration and try to ensure that as many parents as possible sign; unless, as they delicately put it, special circumstances make this inappropriate. In other words, if Darren's Dad looks likely to thump you, back off. No change there, then.
Disaffected parents and pupils are as likely to sign and abide by an agreement as they are to attend parents' evenings and hand in coursework on time. But let's be positive about this. Handled well by staff and governors, with maximum consultation and minimum confrontation, we can use this as an opportunity to strengthen the home-school partnership. It must be an improvement on the consumerist model of the past ten years.