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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.

Transat sailing boat collides with cargo ship

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel sets off on the 3050m solo race to New York. Credit: Lloyd Images

One of the sailing boats taking part in the Transat Bakerly race has collided with a cargo ship today (3 May).

At around 10am the Race Control operators received a call from the skipper Maxime Sorel aboard the Class40 V&B.

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel - Class40. Credit: Lloyd Images

He'd suffered a serious collision with a cargo ship, leaving the bowsprit of his boat damaged, with potential damage to the rig, which is currently still standing up.

The skipper is not injured, and he will now head to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.

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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.

Success for local teams on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are enjoying the biggest weekend of their year, with the arrival of 3,000 rowers for the World Pilot Gig Championships.

In the event's 27th year, crews have come from as far afield as Holland and the USA.

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ITV's Steve Hardy recaps all the action from the final:

Penultimate day of Championship action

28 miles off the UK mainland in the wide open sea, rowers were locked in battle.

The Gig Championships on the Isle of Scilly are in their second day. 3,000 rowers straining every muscle to try to beat their rivals.

Regular visitors are the Dutch. They've got 7 teams here, and have brought 4 of their own gigs.

Recap all the action from the penultimate day here:

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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
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