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Asked by Tristram Hunt
(Stoke-on-Trent Central)
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Asked on: 28 May 2015
Department for Education
Schools: Admissions
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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish forecasts for the demand for (a) primary school places and (b) secondary school places in each local authority area in each of the next five years.
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Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 02 June 2015

The Department for Education publishes forecasts for pupil numbers in each local authority annually. The latest available data can be found in the 2014 capacity tables published online at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2013-to-2014

Table 4 provides local authority forecasts of pupils of primary school age through to 2018/19. Table 5 provides local authority forecasts of pupil of secondary school age through to 2020/21.

For primary school places, the department has published information on the number of places added by local authorities, the number of places for which there are firm plans for delivery, and the number of places that the department estimates are still needed. This information is published in the local authority basic need scorecards which are published online at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/primary-school-places-local-authority-basic-need-scorecards

The way in which the department estimates the shortfall of places is described in the technical annex of the scorecards. The department no longer articulates the shortfall of places in terms of ‘severe’, ‘high’ or ‘moderate’. Instead, it focuses on the estimated number of additional places needed to meet demand. The department’s aim is to ensure that all children have access to a good school place.

The basic need scorecard published in April 2014 focused on the estimated number of additional places needed to meet demand in 2015/16. It is our intention to continue to publish local authority pupil forecasts, school capacity data and shortfall calculations in a similar way.

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