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