Extra 750,000 school places needed in population surge

BBC News are reporting that an extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.

The pressure on creating new schools and extra classrooms will be one of the challenges for incoming Education Secretary Justine Greening.

From 2016 to 2025, the projection says there will be another 10% of pupils in the state school system, up from about 7.4 million to about 8.1 million.

The projection shows that the population bulge is moving through the secondary years – but that the increase in primary numbers is slowing.

It means that within the next decade secondary schools will have to create an extra 570,000 places – and these figures do not include post-16 education or sixth forms.

Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, said there needed to be much better integrated planning for extra places, including the involvement of local authorities.

“We are looking at over 750,000 more young people in school education by 2025. The government’s only clear plan for increasing capacity is to open 500 free schools. Whilst good, new free schools are fine, they are not sufficient.”

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  1. gov2

    For the last year ‘free schools’ have been the Government’s new name for ‘academies’.  Local authorities are legally obliged to open virtually no new school unless it is an academy.  For local authorities to open new maintained schools requires the Government to remove that legal obligation.  But that would run the risk of a return to sanity in education policy.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s ok, edu budget’s been protected, however with extra 750k pupils budget is very stretched. Ministers didn’t mention that

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Will “protected” edu £ NickyMorgan01 & NickGibbMP went on about be used to build new schls meaning huge drop in reality?

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Will “protected” edu £ NickyMorgan01 & NickGibbMP went on about be used to build new schls meaning huge drop in reality?

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Govt consistently maintain there’s no more money so expect classes of 40+ in your local area soon. Well done educationgovuk

  6. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Govt consistently maintain there’s no more money so expect classes of 40+ in your local area soon. Well done educationgovuk

  7. MrDeach27

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I guess in this case frozen would be a more appropriate word than protected

  8. andylutwyche

    MrDeach27 SchoolsImprove Correct. It’s been hugely dishonest of educationgovuk ministers to make the claims they have regarding £

  9. HBharadawa

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove educationgovuk How about quality of teaching and learning? Definitely. . It will be affected.

  10. andylutwyche

    HBharadawa SchoolsImprove educationgovuk Of course they will be; DfE ministers over the last 10 yrs+ have monumentally messed up

  11. MrDeach27

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove educationgovuk at some point people will wake up to this, will really start to bite soon

  12. Perhaps our new education secretary will take a cool look at where free schools are allowed to be set up.  Also allow LA input – even letting LAs open their own schools where needed instead of touting around for a free school group willing to propose a free school.  Not holding my breath – Nick Timothy, lately of the New Schools Network, the taxpayer funded charity which pushes for free schools, is now one of May’s advisers.  ‘Beware the aides of May,’ is how the Spectator puts it.  http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/mays-man-influence/

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