The Mirror is reporting that parents will struggle to find a primary school for their children next year as ministers predict a 63,000 shortfall in places.
Earlier this year the Local Government Association warned of a “national crisis” over lack of places owing to a growing population.
Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell said: “Ministers have been asleep on the job.
“This underlines the Tory failure to provide a good education for many children.”
NASUWT teachers’ union chief Chris Keates added: “ Under this Government school place planning has been reduced to chaos.
“Local authorities have been subsumed by the Government’s focus on free schools regardless of local need.”
The number of young children taught in class sizes of 31 or more has trebled to 100,000 since 2010.
Labour says that instead of allocating money where it is needed the Tories spent more than £240million setting up free schools…
As best I can tell, this is referring to comments made by Edward Timpson in a written commons answer last month so, whilst clearly of concern, I’m not sure there is anything new here.
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