'Investment doubling' amid school capacity concern

This report from the National Audit Office confirms that this government is dramatically increasing funding for new school places in England, with double the level of investment compared to the previous parliament.

Labour reduced the number of places available even though there was a baby boom under way.

We have already created 80,000 new places to deal with the shortage of places left by the last government and there will be more places to come.

– David Laws, Schools Minister

Read NAO head: 'Real challenge' for school places.

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'Real strain' on school places

A quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by next year to meet rising demand, the spending watchdog has warned. It one in five primary schools in England was full or near capacity and there were signs of a "real strain."