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 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.
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 across the West are preparing to keep their children home from school this morning as part of unofficial strike action.Read the full story ›
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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Junior doctor Amy Carson, who works in Bristol, says she'd consider making the move across the border if industrial action fails.
Junior doctors in the West have begun a second day of all-out strikes this morning.Read the full story ›