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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.

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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 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.

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Schools evacuated after security threats

Hundreds of pupils were evacuated after four neighbouring schools received coordinated security threats.

St Ives School and Humphry Davy School in Penzance, and Truro High School for Girls and Penair School in Truro, made the decision to ask pupils and staff leave.

Police say the schools received the warning at around 8am but, by 9am, police said they found no threat or risk and buildings were able to reopen.

The four schools involved in the security threats Credit: ITV West Country

Head teacher of Humphry Davy School, Bill Marshall, applauded staff and students alike for their reaction to the scare.

I would like to commend all of our students and staff for reacting in such an impeccable way, especially given the really poor weather.

We acted on information given at 8:30am and after finding that there was no issue the pupils returned to their class rooms, I really must thank everyone for their co-operation.

– Bill Marshall

In London four schools were also evacuated this morning following calls about "suspicious devices" being left at each of the premises.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police Service said the incidents were being treated as "malicious communications".

In the West Midlands a further six schools were reportedly evacuated following bomb threats today.

It comes a week after similar threats were made at four different schools in the Black Country, and four in Bristol last week.

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