Extra school places and building repairs in £2.4bn boost

Schools in England are to receive £2.4bn for extra places and building repairs.

The BBC reports that the announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening will help to create 600,000 more places by 2021.

Extra places are needed to keep pace with a rising school-age population – and to create places in a new wave of grammar schools. But head teachers say the money for buildings does nothing for the “black hole” in day-to-day running costs.

There will be £980m for extra school places, including an expansion in selective schools.

Speaking last week, the education secretary promised a “new model” for grammars and said local communities would have a “choice over how selection works”.

There will be £1.4bn to improve the condition of schools, with 1,500 school building projects to be funded. But a recent report from the National Audit Office said that it would cost £6.7bn to get all schools in England into an acceptable state of repair.

Last week the public accounts committee published a hard-hitting report accusing the Department for Education of failing to recognise the seriousness of funding problems for schools.

“This is money that was already allocated to building new places and so it does nothing to help fill the £3bn black hole in day-to-day school spending,” said the NAHT’s leader Russell Hobby.

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  1. This underlines the lack of government planning. It has been known for years about the need for more school places and upgrades to buildings but the Government has persisted in wasting billions on its privatisation programme: rebrokering of academies; new ‘free’ schools in places already served with surplus capacity; debts written off when schools become academies or change sponsor……. and so it goes on.

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