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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.

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Parents keep children off school in protest of controversial exams

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.

Parents and children on strike from school in Gloucester over SATS . Credit: ITV West Country
Some parents say testing 7 to 11 year olds is stifling creativity. Credit: ITV West 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 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.

Credit: ITV West Country

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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Consultants join junior doctors on picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary

Consultants have joined junior doctors on the picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary. Credit: Katie Rowlett/ITV News
Consultants and nurses have been filling emergency roles after junior doctors took industrial action for the fifth time during the dispute. Credit: Katie Rowlett/ITV News
The strike will finish at 5pm tonight. Credit: Katie Rowlett/ITV News

Junior doctors on the picket line outside Cheltenham General Hospital

Junior doctors are continuing their all-out strike outside Cheltenham General Hospital. Credit: ITV News
The strike is affecting emergency care services, including maternity care and A&E. Credit: ITV News
Its the fifth time since the start of a dispute with the government over a new contract that the junior doctors have walked out. Credit: ITV News
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