£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places. 

The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021. 

It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016. 

Education secretary announces £2.4bn fundHowever, local councils say they still need to create more than 230,000 primary and secondary school places nationally between 2017 and 2020. 

In addition to investing funds to create more places, schools, local authorities, and academy trusts will also receive a share of £1.4bn to upgrade or improve school buildings. 

As part of that, academies and sixth-form college will receive £466m to fund almost 1,500 school building projects.

Speaking about the investment, education secretary Justine Greening said: "Our Plan for Britain is to build a fairer society, with a good school place available for every child. This £2.4 billion investment, together with our proposals to create more good school places, will help ensure every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential."

However, critics have slammed the investment saying it does little to address the day-to-day funding crises schools in every part of the country are facing. 

 

 

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