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.
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.
Parents across the West are preparing to keep their children home from school this morning as part of unofficial strike action.Read the full story ›
Parents have said they are pulling their children out of school for the day in strike action against the government.Read the full story ›
Junior doctor Amy Carson, who works in Bristol, says she'd consider making the move across the border if industrial action fails.
Junior doctors in the West are preparing for a second day of all-out strike action affecting emergency services.Read the full story ›
Sam Pearce from Nailsea says she wasn't happy with the advice she got:
"I'm due to have an appointment for general surgery for a cyst which got cancelled the first time then got given the appointment that was supposed to be today."
"But Southmead rang me on Thursday to say that my appointment may or may not be cancelled which confused me greatly, I asked her how I would find out if my appointment was still going ahead."
"I was told to watch the news and if the strikes went ahead then I wouldn't have an appointment but if they didn't go ahead then my appointment would remain the same."
"I felt a bit bemused by this and decided to rearrange the appointment myself because I couldn't take the day off work just to sit in and watch the news, now I have to wait till June for another appointment."
"Don't get me wrong I completely understand the strike action but thought it was rather unprofessional to tell me to watch the news to find out if my appointment was still available."
Southmead hospital were unable to confirm whether or not Sam received the above advice but a spokesperson says they're sorry for any inconvenience caused to patients.
This information was given on their website:
Due to the short-term nature of the cancellation we are contacting patients by phone to inform them of their cancellation and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Our aim is to reschedule any cancellations as quickly as possible.
If you do not hear from us and you are due to come into hospital on April 26 and 27 for an appointment or planned admission, please assume this is still going ahead.
In the event that the industrial action is called off, outpatient appointments will continue to run as normal. Please attend with your letter. However, it will not be possible to reinstate cancelled operations.