Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says his team is concentrating on a win against Stoke City this weekend so that they can remain in the running for Premier League survival.
Sunderland are out of the bottom three, but only just.
And Allardyce thinks the pressure is on because he predicts Newcastle will win against Crystal Palace.
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Thousands of parents across the North East are preparing to pull their children out of school next Tuesday - in protest against changes to SATs taken by Year 2 pupils.
They say the tests have become too hard, and are causing six and seven-year-olds to become stressed and upset.
The director of SCHOOLS NorthEast says there are real problems with the tests - but he's concerned about the boycott - as "the best place for children is in school."
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Will you be taking part in the boycott?
Do you agree with parents' approach?
After a cold start, Thursday morning should be mainly dry with some sunny spells.
However, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain and some hill snow later in the day.
Maximum Temperature 9 °C.
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