Wednesday, 5 September 2012

School places shortage to hit 90,000

As pupils returned to school this week, London Councils warned that the shortage of school places could hit 90, 000 by 2016. Long-term demand for places will continue to grow across the capital, with the cost of meeting this expected to reach £2.3 billion within the next four years, according to our analysis. Meanwhile, councils have been working hard to provide a total of 241 new classrooms across London to meet the demand for pupils beginning reception class in the next week. Cllr Steve Reed, London Councils’ lead member for children and young people, said: “Today’s figures confirm what councils across the capital have been saying for months. Many of our schools are full and we are running out of spaces where children can be taught. The government needs to continue investing in long term investment of the capital’s schools to create more places and ensure that every child has access to primary and secondary school education

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