School expansion projects in England

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The number of pupils in England is rising and there are high levels of demand for pupil places, which local authorities are struggling to meet. A range of solutions is emerging: from bulge classes; to temporary classrooms; to extensions and new-build blocks; and brand-new schools.

The responsibility to secure sufficient places continues to rest with the local authority, but there is an emerging trend towards LAs acting as commissioners and funders of works rather than as direct employers, relying on the schools themselves to deliver the necessary provision.

On 1st March 2013, the Secretary of State announced the following allocations…

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