Parents across the West are keeping their children home from school today (3 May) 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.

Emma Larkin has been leading the local campaign in Gloucester, and will be one of many parents keeping her children at home.

She says over testing for 6 and 7 year old's is also a major problem.

I don't take my children out of school lightly, obviously, but I feel one day out of their education compared to what the government is doing to the education system is definitely worth it.

Emma Larkman
Emma has been leading the local campaign in her area. Credit: ITV West Country

Emma Larkman says her children won't be sitting next month's revamped SATS test papers, which critics say are more about measuring school performance than children's abilities.

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It's not even a train crash waiting to happen. It has happened. This is affecting children's mental health and wellbeing.

Emma Larkman

As well as testing, the strike action also opposes plans to convert every school in the country into an academy and out of local authority control.

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Now unions are threatening strike action by teachers, too.

Whole scale academisation of schools will mean that our national pay and conditions for teachers which have been negotiated over many years and will helped to establish the professionalism of the service will be swept away.


The walk-out 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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Parents risk fines if they pull pupils out of school but many believe it'll be a price worth paying for their children's future.