Shock findings as almost one in five Essex schools are over capacity says Labour candidate

ALMOST one in five schools are over capacity, as parents rush to meet deadline to apply for a primary school place. In Essex, 19.7% of primary schools and 19.2% of secondary schools have more pupils than they have capacity for.

As parents rush to meet the deadline for primary school applications this week, new analysis of Freedom of Information requests reveals that almost one in five primary schools have more pupils than they have capacity for – forcing many children into large classes or temporary, make-shift classrooms.

Mike Le-Surf: Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock said:

“The Conservatives have let young people down badly and the situation in Essex schools is getting worse. Labour will prioritise new school places in areas where there are shortages, have strong, local oversight of schools and make sure that all teachers have or are working towards qualified teacher status.”

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“David Cameron is irresponsibly diverting millions away from children in areas with a shortage of school places in order to fund his pet project Free Schools programme in areas where there are already enough places. This is affecting school standards and creating a classroom squeeze, with more infants being crammed into large classes and pupils being taught in makeshift temporary classrooms. Unlike this Tory-led Government, Labour has the right priorities for raising school standards."

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