Thursday, 17 July 2014

Schools need a million more places

Up to a million more pupils will join the education system in the next decade with the largest increases affecting the secondary sector, according to projections from the DfE. There were 7,072,000 children in England's state education system last year and numbers are expected to peak at 8,022,000 in 2023. By then, the number of primary pupils will be 4,684,000 - an increase of 9% on the current 4,305,000. This is equivalent to another 1,440 average-sized primary schools. The rise in the number of pupils between 2014 and 2023 will be equivalent to the addition of nearly 2,000 schools throughout the system. David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s children and young people board, said: “Parents in many cities are not able to exercise choice over the school they send their children to because of the pressure on places.”
The Daily Telegraph,

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