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School strike: 'SATs stress like Charles Dickens scene'

"Let Our Kids Be Kids" campaign kicks off Credit: Good Morning Britain

SATs exams are leaving schoolchildren "disengaged and stressed", according to some parents.

Thousands of children are being kept at home on Tuesday as part of a Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign against tests for six, seven and 11-year-olds.

Ben Ramalingam, who is keeping his five-year-old son off school, said some parents believe the situation is turning into a "mental health crisis".

"We are concerned parents taking a stand, we don't want our kids to be stressed out by the time they become teenagers because they have been inappropriately taught", he said.

"Our children are being pushed towards rote-based learning. It is like something out of Charles Dickens".

Jane Clout said: "I'm a grandmother and I sent my children through the state system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and when I first started taking these boys to school I was struck by how primary schools have improved.

"But this is like going back to the 1950s".

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Peter Schmeichel: Proud does not cover how I feel

Legendary Premier League-winning goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has said "proud does not cover" how he feels after his son Kasper emulated his achievement and won the title with Leicester City.

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel are the second father and son to both win the Premier League title.

Emotional Lineker hails 'impossible' Leicester triumph

Former striker Gary Lineker believes Leicester achieved the impossible after the Foxes were crowned Barclays Premier League champions.

Lineker will now have to present an episode of Match of the Day next season in his underpants following a pledge made on Twitter after the Foxes' 2-1 win over Chelsea in December.

Lifelong Leicester fan Gary Lineker says he got emotional when Leicester were crowned champions. Credit: PA

Lineker told Radio 5 Live: '''I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that surpasses it. When it's your own team it's too extraordinary. Too difficult to put over in words.

''To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn't hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

''I've followed them since I was a little kid...I saw them in a cup final - lose - that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.

''There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'.

''It's extraordinary. I'm from there and I went to play for them for a couple of years. I even kind of part owned them for a while when they were in trouble.

"To see where they are now and to enjoy this moment especially with my family, it's incredible.''

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Gareth Bale hails Leicester's 'amazing season'

Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, said he was "gutted" for his former side Spurs as he congratulated Premier League title winners Leicester on an "amazing season".

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