Plans have been unveiled for setting up more schools in suburban south London, which could create new job opportunities for primary teachers.
Croydon council recently received a £63 million government grant to help tackle its school place shortage, with it estimated that 35 new primary classes and 21 new secondary classes will be needed across the borough by 2018.
It has now announced plans to spend an additional £10 million on building one new three-form entry primary school in south Croydon, as well as on establishing four more primary schools in converted buildings elsewhere in the borough.
Councillor Tim Pollard, the local authority's cabinet member for children, families and learning, remarked: "These new schools and extra places are going to be needed over the next few years and the council has made it an absolute priority to ensure that we meet the growing demand."
School-building programmes are likely to create teaching jobs in London more widely over the next few years, with the capital accounting for 39 per cent of the national shortfall in primary school places and 52 per cent of the shortage in secondary school places.
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