96,000 new school places were created across England last year, taking the total number of new school places created since 2010 to 921,000
The new report, the government says, indicates it’s on track to create one million new school places this decade, despite acute concerns about funding at local levels.
The new figures reverse a reduction of 100,000 school places between 2004-2010.
School standards have also risen, with 85% of schools now judged good or outstanding – up from 68% in 2010, giving parents more choice of a good school place.
Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds said: “Children only get one chance at an education and they deserve the best, wherever they live and whatever their background.
“That’s why this Government is undertaking the biggest expansion in school places in two generations – and the statistics out today show we are well on track to create one million places this decade.
“With standards rising in our schools this will mean that more families have the choice of a good school place.”
Many of the places have been created in the academies and free schools that now educate more than 50% of children in state-funded schools in England – with standards rising faster in many sponsored academies than in similar council-run schools.
The report also shows that the number of pupils that are over capacity that has fallen from 97,000 in 2010 to 50,000 in 2018.
Since 2010 the Government has led a dedicated programme to provide additional good school places with the creation of new free schools and expanding existing school sites.
Most recently the Department for Education announced 37 special free schools and two alternative provision free schools, in addition to over 400 free schools already open and more than 250 due to open in the coming years.
The report can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-capacity-academic-year-2017-to-2018