Parents in Ellesmere Port are ‘striking’ in protest at SATs.

They have organised an event in Whitby Park today (Tuesday, May 3) as campaigners nationally argue the new, tougher tests for seven-year-olds are ‘unnecessary, inappropriate and damaging’.

Thousands of parents across the country are expected to take their children out of school today in a symbolic ‘Kids’ Strike’ protesting against the new Key Stage 1 SATs tests for six and seven-year-olds.

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A ‘Let Our Kids Be Kids’ group says the new tests are too hard for all except the very brightest pupils to pass and impose unacceptable levels of stress on schoolchildren who are barely out of reception.

Education Minister Nicky Morgan has infuriated organisers of the grassroots ‘parent power’ movement by claiming that the campaign is ‘being led by some of those who do not think we should set high expectations'.

“Keeping children home, even for a day, is harmful to their education. I urge those running these campaigns to reconsider their actions,” she told the National Association of Head Teachers conference.

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‘#KidsStrike3rdMay’, as the campaign is known on social media, was set up by ‘a group of year two parents’ explains their website who ‘want our kids to be kids again and enjoy learning for learning’s sake not for Ofsted results or league table figures.’

Pupils in year two have not sat national, standardised tests since 2004 but last year the Department of Education announced it wanted to ‘benchmark’ pupils’ attainment at the start of their school career so their progress could be more accurately measured.

However, many parents, teachers and education specialists believe that the standard set in the test is inappropriate.

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The new SATs for 11 year olds are said to be equally demanding.

In Ellesmere Port parents have organised an event in Whitby Park running from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Leanne Morris said: “We will be having lots of fun playing football, skipping, rounders, arts and crafts, making bird feeders and enjoying the outdoors.

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“There will be lots of fun for children, supporting our children teachers and schools against the SATs.

“Let our kids be kids.”

She explained: “I’ve seen test papers for year two children, bear in mind they are aged 6-7 and I had to think to complete some questions.

“All the fun has gone out of lessons as the teachers are under so much pressure to teach with the new SATs structure.

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“I’ve also seen the year six example papers for 11 year olds and my 13 year old had difficulty to do them. Where’s all the fun gone? “PE has been stopped to complete extra work and the amount of homework coming home for preparation of SATs Is time consuming and taking over family time.

“I would like the SATs stopped as I feel there’s too much pressure on children and teachers.”

The education authority has been approached for comment.