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Increased pupil numbers causing overcrowding

27 August 2014

According to a report published by the Local Government Association (LGA), schools are having to become increasingly innovative in their use of space to accommodate pupils. Cases include schools developing ‘rooftop playgrounds’ and key facilities such as gyms being overtaken by temporary classrooms. The LGA claims that such findings highlight the lack of funding to councils in providing school places.

The DfE takes a different line, stating that “every effort” is being made to ensure that class sizes do not reach unprecedented levels. More than 260,000 school spaces have been created in recent years and there are further plans to provide councils with billions of pounds of funding to create more places.

Despite these assurances, the LGA has claimed this is not enough. Such research will no doubt put the spotlight back on the DfE’s approach and the growing concerns regarding school places and class sizes. With official government estimates revealing that England’s pupil population is set to exceed 8 million over the next decade, pressure will no doubt continue to build.

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