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Govt hails creation of over 200,000 school places

02/09/2014 Joanna
More than 200,000 school places have been created for youngsters since 2010 as a result of new schools opening.

Over 400 new free schools and technical colleges have been approved in the past four years, increasing choice for parents and helping to raise education standards.

According to the government, the introduction of new institutions is giving more pupils the chance to attend good or outstanding schools, as they have introduced new ideas and approaches that can serve to benefit the wider education system.

More than 250 free schools have been created, with 79 of these set to open for the first time this term and a further 76 in the pipeline.

The Department for Education (DfE) claims these are benefiting the most disadvantaged pupils, as 72 per cent are located in areas where demand for new school places is high and half are in the most deprived third of communities in England.

Some 37 studio schools have been set up, offering employer-backed technical and vocational qualifications alongside a rigorous academic education. This month, 12 new ones are set to open and a further nine are currently in development.

Since 2010, 30 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) have been opened, equipping young people with the skills needed for careers in key industries such as engineering and science. These institutions work in partnership with universities and major employers such as Hitachi Rail Europe, Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley.

In addition, more than 900 underperforming schools have been turned into sponsored academies, while a further 2,800 schools have been granted academy freedoms.

This brings the total number of academies in England to more than 4,000 - almost 20 times as many as there were four years ago.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "Delivering the best schools and skills for our young people is part of our long-term economic plan and opening more free schools, academies, UTCs and studio schools is vital to this as they help to drive up standards for all."

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