0370 270 6000

Shortages in London School places predicted

5 September 2012

Experts are predicting that England’s primary school population is set to rise by 18% in the next 8 years, with London a hotspot for a spike in numbers.

In response, last year the Government gave London’s 33 boroughs an extra £528million to tackle the problem and will add another £300?million to help create more permanent schools. London's Councils have warned that the cost of meeting the school places shortfall will reach £2.3bn by 2015 and highlight the financial shortfall over the next four years.

Establishing new state schools and academies, and the creation of new free schools will definitely make a positive contribution, but this policy alone is unlikely to meet the demand for more places. More planning and new ideas are still needed if the problem of oversubscription and lack of places is to be solved.

Related opinions

60 seconds with… Emma Hughes

With 19 HR experts now supporting over 500 schools and trusts across the country, in this edition of 60 seconds we sit down with Emma Hughes, who leads the team, to discuss what this significant milestone means to her.

View blog

Fines for unsafe removal of asbestos in schools

In order to reduce the risk of potential breaches, schools should follow this Health and Safety Executive guidance.

View blog

Asbestos: Still the UK’s number one occupational killer

A ResPublica report highlighted that asbestos continues to be the UK’s number one occupational killer, with nurses and teachers 3 to 5 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general UK population. The House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee is investigating how the HSE manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings.

View blog

Head of Education, Mark Blois celebrates 25 years of being an education lawyer

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson’s national Head of Education, is marking a notable anniversary, an incredible 25 years as an education lawyer.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up