Nationally, we have allocated £5.8bn from 2015 to 2020 to create more school places. Between 2010 and 2016, 735,000 new school places have been created.
Local authorities are responsible for planning and securing sufficient school places in their area, and supporting them in doing so is one of this Government’s top priorities. Local authorities make decisions on where to add capacity, based on local circumstances. Southend-on-Sea has received £20 million for new places between 2011 and 2017 and has been allocated a further £9.5 million for 2017 to 2020.