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750,000 more school places needed by 2025

26/07/2016 Joanna

With the population continuing to grow, so too does the number of pupils in schools. The surge in the last decade saw primary schools expanding to accommodate the extra students - a move that must now be mirrored in secondary schools also.

Projections from the Department for Education (DfE) show that student numbers will increase by around ten per cent from now until 2025, increasing from around 7.4 million to 8.1 million. The majority of these increases will be within secondary education, which currently has 2.76 million pupils, but is expected to reach 3.04 million in 2020 and then 3.33 million in 2025.

Newly-appointed education secretary Justine Greening will be responsible for tackling the rising demand for school places, with the DfE committing £7 billion to assisting this cause. This will be used to manage school places, provide classrooms and buildings in schools and to pay for the additional teaching staff.

In contrast, the number of students in primary school is predicted to rise at a much slower rate now, from 4.5 million to 4.68 million by 2020, when it's expected that this will stabilise.

Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, is keen for a plan to be established for this. 

250,000 of these places will be supported by the 500 new free schools which are to be opened, while many schools will also be expanded to accommodate more pupils. 

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