Misbehaving pupils face the prospect being of being told to pick up litter or write out lines hundreds of times under plans by Education Michael Gove for a return to traditional classroom discipline.
New guidelines for teachers, to be issued this week, will say that "tough but proportionate" punishments such as writing lines "are just as crucial to an effective education as praising and rewarding good behaviour", The Mail on Sunday reported.
Penalties could include picking up litter in the playgrounds, weeding, tidying classrooms and removing graffiti. Pupils could also be ordered to report to school early or forfeit privileges such as joining in a non-uniform day.
Mr Gove, who has long railed against "trendy" teaching methods, said he wanted to send a message to teachers that they should not be afraid to "get tough" on bad behaviour in school.
"'Writing lines is tedious, monotonous, boring - and a perfect punishment for bad behaviour. Children need to learn the importance of strong discipline and to understand that misbehaving at school has consequences," he told The Mail on Sunday.
"We are making crystal clear to teachers that telling children to write lines is an entirely appropriate punishment.
"These new guidelines will give teachers the confidence to be tougher on bad behaviour and ensure every child has the chance to learn in a controlled, orderly environment."