Surplus school places warning

Schools watchdog Estyn says the number of unfilled places in schools has gone up in the last ten years, and warns that no local authority has achieved government targets of a surplus of less than 10%.

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Call for councils to take action on surplus school places

Schools inspectorate Estyn is urging local authorities to cut the number of empty places in classrooms, saying that money is being wasted.

It says no local authority is achieving the government's targets of no more than 10% surplus and the number of unfilled places has gone up in the last five years

Despite the removal of some surplus places, local authorities have been slow to identify and complete projects which could lead to significant savings.

More work needs to be carried out by local authorities and the Welsh Government to assess the financial and education impact of previous school rationalisation schemes .

– Ann Keane, Chief Inspector, Estyn


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