Families in Lancaster prepare to strike against new school curriculum

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Families from across the Lancaster district are getting ready to attend an event at Williamson Park today, Tuesday May 3, to protest against SATs testing in schools.

Some families were up early to speak to national news reporters about why they are taking the action, with the Picnic In The Park event set to run from 11am until 3pm.

Doctors and teachers leafleting in Lancaster on Saturday.

Doctors and teachers leafleting in Lancaster on Saturday.

Other activities are taking place in parks and smaller venues across Lancaster.

Organisers have said the meeting will take place on the field near the playground next to the Ashton Memorial.

Parents are advised that they must accompany their children and stay with them until they leave the park.

The Lancaster district parents - 3 May Strike Facebook group have shared letters that parents can give to their schools to explain why they are taking the action, as well as one for those who cannot make the events but support the strike.

They say that the protest is specifically against testing for Years 2 and 6, and the new curriculum in general, and not against individual schools.

Some schools have authorised childrens’ absences, while others are marking any non-attendance as an unauthorised absence.

A group of headteachers from the Lancaster area will attend the Houses of Parliament tomorrow, Wednesday May 4, to carry out further protests against the testing regime, while teachers joined junior doctors in Market Square over the weekend to speak to members of the public.

The event at Williamson Park is open to anyone against the proposed testing, from any school and any year.

The Lancaster Guardian will be taking photos and speaking to families at the event. Please tweet your own photos to @guardiandigital, or post to our Facebook page www.facebook.come/lancasterguardian.