School places crisis looming, councils warn

The Local Government Association yesterday renewed calls for councils to be able to open new maintained schools and to force academies to expand in response to rising pressure for new places. Tes reports.

The LGA claimed that unless more secondary school places were created, 15 council areas will face a shortfall by next year.

By 2024-25, the LGA forecasts that  71 councils, around half of the country’s authority areas, will face not being able to meet demand to provide 123,195 places.

Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, the chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “It makes no sense for councils to be given the responsibility to plan for school places but then not be allowed to open schools themselves.” 

Read more about the secondary school places crisis that is only one year away School places crisis looming, councils warn 

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