More than a third of school places needed in London

A study by the National Audit Office (NAO) in March warned that by September 2014, an estimated extra 256,000 primary and secondary school places will be needed.

More than a third will be needed in London alone, with 240,000 required in primary schools.

An extra 256,000 primary and secondary school places will be needed by September 2014 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The Department for Education (DfE) expects that 190,000 extra places will have been created by September, as it will spend £5 billion by 2015.

A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) suggests that there has been "little oversight" of the impact decisions on how to create new places would have on children's education.

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