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New funding for school places in Berkshire

06/08/2013 Joanna
A Berkshire local authority has received new government funding to help ensure there are enough primary and secondary teachers to educate its growing pupil population.

The National Audit Office reported back in March that 256,000 new school places would be required in England by 2014-15, with the pressure on existing capacity rated as moderate or high in most parts of the south-east.

In order to help Bracknell Forest Council address its own shortfall in places, the local authority has been awarded "many millions" of pounds to support the creation of 500 places for pupils, the Reading Post has reported.

Gareth Barnard, Bracknell Forest's executive member for children, young people and learning, commented: "This extra money should help us over the next two or three years, so it's important we spend it extremely carefully and we will be putting together a programme to ensure we do that."

He added that this money would fund the expansion of existing schools and expressed the hope planned local construction developments would incorporate new schools to help meet rising demand for places as more people move to the area.

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