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Mum takes children on educational trip to Eden Project on strike day

Parents across the West Country are keeping their children out of school today. Many are choosing to turn their unofficial days off into educational days out.

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One mum from St. Austell took her children to a day of learning at the Eden Project.

Sarah Pease is backing the "Let our Kids be Kids" campaign against testing for 7 and 11 year olds - which she says is asking them to become experts on subjects they'll never need.

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.

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Parents pull children out of school in strike action

Parents across the West Country are preparing to keep their children home from school this morning as part of unofficial strike action.

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It's in protest over Government plans to change the education system including turning all schools into academies and taking them out of local authority control.

The parents involved are also arguing against too much testing in schools.

'Let out Kids be Kids' Facebook page.

The action, promoted on social media, will see potentially thousands of children miss school with the threat of further strikes if the Government refuse to U-turn.

A map of all the school strikes. Credit: ITV West Country
  • To view where strikes are being held in your area click here.

First Great Western due to strike over bank holiday

Rail workers on First Great Western trains are to stage a series of strikes, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The RMT union has announced the strikes following a row over new trains.

All RMT members have been told not to work for 24 hours from one minute past midnight on Sunday 23rd August and again from midnight on Saturday 29th August until 11:59pm on Monday 31st.

Royal Mail workload talks resume

Talks between Royal Mail managers and staff are expected to resume later. Credit: ITV News

Talks between Royal Mail staff and managers are expected to resume later after workers went on strike claiming the company operates a culture of bullying.

Staff at Bristol's Mead Street branch went on strike in December after becoming angry at increasing workloads.

Senior managers had to be brought in from around the country to deliver post to the south of the city.

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