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Education written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school places in non-free schools have been provided in the UK between 2010 and 2014.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The Department for Education collects information from each local authority on the number of available school places (school capacity) in state-funded primary and secondary schools (except special schools) through an annual survey. Local authorities are also required to provide estimates of future pupil numbers, which indicates the number of places that will be needed. The most recent data available relate to the position at May 2013:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2012-to-2013

The following table shows the number of non-free school places in state-funded primary and secondary schools that were available in England between 2010 and 2013:

Number of school places
  2010 2011 2012 2013
State-funded primary non-free school places 4,227,530 4,253,300 4,309,022 4,405,230
State-funded secondary non-free school places 3,330,670 3,608,970 3,595,680 3,614,348
Source: Published School Capacity Collection

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