School places shortage will affect thousands of kids over next five years

Thousands of children face missing out on secondary school places in the next five years, town hall chiefs warn.

Local Government Association analysis found 71 English councils will be a total of 133,926 places short by 2023-24 because of the growing population.

Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, said: “No family should face uncertainty over securing their child’s secondary school, but the reality is we face an emergency.”

Councils have created 600,000 extra primary school places since 2010.

But with two-thirds of secondaries now academies, their ability to create places is limited.

The LGA wants the Government to grant councils powers to open new schools and direct academies to expand.

Paul Whiteman, of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “Integrated local planning of school places is vital.”

Source: Read Full Article