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solution needed for overcrowded schools

27 October 2010

Overcrowded schools are causing a crisis for councils with big cities facing the worst problems. Statistics reveal that a fifth of all England’s primary schools are completely full or overstretched and councils are struggling to accommodate so many children; some pupils were waiting to start school weeks after the autumn term began. A lack of funding coupled with primary pupil numbers continuing to rise suggests the strain on councils won’t ease any time soon.

Following the Comprehensive Spending Review money for capital investments in school buildings will be in short supply. There are various solutions to this problem, none without their drawbacks, and it will be interesting to see what councils and communities choose to do. We could see more free schools set up; more parents may choose to home-school their children; schools may operate in shifts to share buildings and resources; schools may start to open in converted offices or shops following revisions to planning laws, and in the meantime we may see a rise in admissions appeals.

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