A further £2.35bn has been announced to create more school places in England, as schools struggle to keep up with pressure from a rising population. The extra money, announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove, is in addition to £5bn already committed for places. This will extend support for more places up to 2017.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said the funds must get “where they are needed” so that councils can continue to deliver the required places. Mr Gove said the “over-riding priority for capital investment is to ensure every child has a place at school”. He said the government had already created an extra 260,000 places up to May 2013. A surge in the birth rate has seen primary schools facing increasing demand for places, with particular pressures in some urban areas.