Let Our Kids Be Kids - will you be keeping your child out of primary school on Tuesday?


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A one-day boycott of primary schools could see parents withdraw children from lessons in a protest against government tests.

Supporters of the national Let Our Kids be Kids movement are planning alternative education events on Tuesday.

They said tests were putting children under pressure, but the government said they should not cause stress.

Ruth Emms, who has two children at Colman Infant and Junior schools in Norwich, is organising a day of outdoor learning in Eaton Park and the UEA Broad.

She said: 'Although they are missing out on one day's school education, we are organising alternative education. At school, we feel they have been wasting children's time on testing when they should be teaching them.'

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However, she said the protests were not against schools or teachers.

Other parents across Norfolk are planning a trip to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, cooking and nature lessons, a fossil hunt and a coastal museum trip.

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A Department for Education spokesman said: 'We are clear tests should not be a cause of stress for pupils – they help us ensure schools are performing well, and we know the best schools manage them successfully.'

Binks Neate-Evans, chairman of the Norfolk Primary Heads' Association, said families have 'an absolute right to be concerned about early formalisation of learning', and there was 'a groundswell of opposition to incoherent political meddling in education'.

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