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Extra 750,000 school places needed in population surge

Posted on 15/07/2016 by David Owen

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An extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.

The pressure on creating new schools and extra classrooms will be one of the challenges for incoming Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Schools will have faced 16 consecutive years of rising pupil numbers.

The Department for Education says it has committed £7bn to extra places.

Between 2009 and 2016, the school system had already expanded to take in an extra 470,000 pupils.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36796999

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