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School places shortage in London rockets to 118,000

Released on 23 April 2013

The shortfall of primary and secondary school places across the capital is set to rise sharply to more than 118,000 by 2016/17, London Councils has warned.

Latest analysis by London Councils on data from the Department for Education shows the demand for permanent school places in London will increase by almost a third in a single academic year from 90,000 in 2015/16. The pressure is currently most acute in primary schools but as pupils get older, they will need increasing numbers of secondary school places.

So far, the Department for Education has not allocated any funding for school places beyond 2014/15. London has only been allocated 36 per cent of the available funding for 2013/14-2014/15 despite having 42 per cent of the total shortfall in places. London has a staggering 52 per cent share of the national demand on secondary school places and 39 per cent of the national shortfall on primary school places. The capital has received £576million for these two years, however, there remains a funding shortfall of over £1billion to provide permanent school places.

In a report Do The Maths London Councils is calling on the Government to acknowledge the unprecedented pressure faced by boroughs in providing enough school places for pupils across the capital. It is calling for London’s fair share of funding to be allocated to councils and for the Government to support boroughs in planning long term investment in school places.

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