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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.

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