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Creating choices for families with more school places

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Today’s Education in the Media blog responds to a report on school places and looks at coverage on the World Skills competition 2019.

School Places

Yesterday, Monday 27 August, the Local Government Authority (LGA) issued a press notice which claimed there is a shortage of secondary school places, based on analysis across 15 local authorities. This was covered by the Times, the Guardian, the Mirror, and the Mail.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

We are determined to create more choice for parents when it comes to their children’s education and we have created around 920,000 school places since 2010, and are on track to see that number rise to a million by 2020. Standards have also risen, with 85% of schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 68% in 2010.

Local authorities have the power to open new schools, and to create new school places, and must ensure there are enough school places to meet needs locally.

World Skills

Over the past week, Team UK has been competing in the World Skills competition in Kazan, Russia.

The championship celebrates skills excellence and provides a platform for young people to showcase vocational talents. There has been coverage on this from BBC Breakfast, as well as TES and FE Week.

The championships draw to a close today and we congratulate Team UK on their hard work. .

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