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Children kept out of school in protest over SATs for six-year-olds

Children in Cambridge engage in outdoor learning instead of going to school today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Parents have been keeping their children out of school today in protest over controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The "Let Our Kids Be Kids" campaign argue children shouldn't be tested at such a young age, and should instead focus on developing "essential" skills such as reading, writing and grammar.

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Children and parents in Norwich also joined in with the protest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Many schoolchildren in Cambridge and Norwich among other places have missed class today as part of the protest against the SATs tests.

Mayor of Paris thanks primary school for condolences after terror attacks

The messages of support sent by the school. Credit: William Austin Junior School

Pupils from William Austin Junior school in Luton who sent a special book of condolence to France in the wake of terror attacks have received personal thanks from the Mayor of Paris.

The letter, written in French and translated for the children, thanked the school for their lovely book and their show of support.

Concerns raised for children starting school

A charity has raised concerns about children just about to start school. Credit: ITV Anglia.

More than half of parents in the East of England are worried their child will not be ready to start school at the age of five, according to charity Action for Children.

It has led the group to call upon the Government to offer more support to parents.

The charity says many children have not developed good enough communication skills to cope with the school day.

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Apprenticeship fair being held in Northampton

Apprenticeship fair is to take place in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hundreds of schoolchildren across Northampton will be attending an apprenticeship fair in the town today.

The show, thought to be biggest of its type ever held in the country, is taking place at the Royal and Derngate theatre.

Both the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and the Minister for Apprentices Nick Boles are going too.

Hundreds of schoolchildren aged from fourteen to eighteen and from ten Northampton schools will be attending with more than 35 businesses with apprenticeship vacancies on offer.

Farm event encourages children to understand the countryside

The annual School Farm & Country Fair takes place at Trinity Park near Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia.

More than 4,000 primary school children across Suffolk will be learning about food and farming today.

It is the annual School Farm & Country Fair at Trinity Park near Ipswich - the aim is to get seven to nine year olds to understand more about where their food comes from and what goes on in the countryside.

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