Education: Plans for 14,000 new mainstream and special school places in England as part of levelling up

Sky News says thousands of new school places are to be created in England - particularly for children in disadvantaged areas and for those with special needs.

Education: Plans for 14,000 new mainstream and special school places in England as part of levelling up

Sky News says thousands of new school places are to be created in England – particularly for children in disadvantaged areas and for those with special needs.

Up to 75 new free schools and standalone sixth forms will be opened, with 14,000 extra school places made available.

A total of 15 new mainstream schools will also be introduced within 55 Education Investment Areas identified in the Levelling Up White Paper.

The first of a new wave of up to 60 special and alternative provision (AP) free schools will open from September 2025, creating 4,500 new school places.

The AP schools will keep pupils who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion engaged with their education, as well as offering behavioural and mental health support, the government said.

https://news.sky.com/story/education-plans-for-14-000-new-mainstream-and-special-school-places-in-england-as-part-of-levelling-up-12631099

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