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University staff back at work after two day strike

Staff at Bristol University's Graduate School of Education walk out in protest over pay Credit: Myrna Escalona Sibaja

University staff across the West Country have returned to work today after a two day strike over pay.

Lecturers and teaching staff, including those at the University of Bristol, say they have been held to a 1.1% pay rise and are angry that vice-chancellors have been awarded a 6.4% hike.

The University and College Union is also campaigning on gender equality issues and there is also concern about increased use of short term teaching contracts.

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Schools minister condemns strike action

Thousands of parents are keeping their children from going to school today as part of an unofficial strike in protest over controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The action is condemned by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan who warned that missing school even for a single day, would be "harmful" and called for those behind the "damaging" campaign to reconsider.

Schools minister Nick Gibb echoed the sentiment, and came out in support of the exams.

Parents keep children off school in protest of controversial exams

Parents are keeping their children off school for the day in protest at controversial tests for 6 and 7-year-olds. Strikes like this in Gloucester are taking place across the country.

Parents and children on strike from school in Gloucester over SATS . Credit: ITV West Country
Some parents say testing 7 to 11 year olds is stifling creativity. Credit: ITV West Country

The action comes after more than 40,000 people signed a petition supporting a boycott of Year 2 Sats by teachers.

The 'Let Our Kids Be Kids' campaign has organised the day of action in protest at children being "over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance on test results and league tables than children's happiness and joy of learning".

Speaking on Saturday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan warned that missing school even for a single day would be "harmful" and called for those behind the "damaging" campaign to reconsider.

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