Extra school places and building repairs in £2.4bn boost

Extra classrooms and schools are needed to keep pace with a rising school population.


Schools in England are to receive £2.4bn for extra places and building repairs.


The announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening will help to create 600,000 more places by 2021.


Extra places are needed to keep pace with a rising school-age population - and to create places in a new wave of grammar schools.


But head teachers say the money for buildings does nothing for the "black hole" in day-to-day running costs.


The allocation of funds for school places and buildings is not new money, but draws upon funding from the 2015 spending review.


There will be £980m for extra school places, including an expansion in selective schools.


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