School Places Shortage to Receive £2.4bn Extra

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced a further £2.35bn has been announced to create more school places in England, as schools struggle to keep up with pressure from a rising population.

The extra money is in addition to £5bn already committed for places and will extend support for more places up to 2017.
Apparently a surge in the birth rate has seen primary schools facing increasing demand for places, with particular pressures in some urban areas.

Whilst the increase in the funding is great news, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “It is pointless the government increasing local authorities’ funding for school places if they are not allowed to build and run schools.

“As it is, local authorities are struggling to find free school sponsors in areas of rapidly increasing pupil populations.

“And to make matters worse, the government has made it very difficult for local authorities to plan for additional school places because they are only allowed to consult on expanding existing schools, and only the government is allowed to approve any new academies or free schools.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25432376

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