I have wondered this for some time now, so hope you all can help. In one of my previous schools we had no chance setting after school detentions because the HT would always back down if a parent refused to let the child stay, telling us to set two lunchtimes instead. Yet in my friends academy they can do as they like. If a child misbehaves the parent is rung up and told the child will be staying behind that night for a detention, if they refuse/awkward the child is sent home with a letter the same night telling the parent the child is suspended until the parent comes into school to discuss the childs future. The parent is then told that is the rule and if they don't like it then take them elsewhere, if the parent backs down the child returns to school and then automatically gets a weeks detentions. I have met many colleagues who have noted this difference, can you help explain?