ATL comment on primary school places
| Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
“As long as the Government continues to ignore local authorities and refuses to allow schools to be built where they are needed the intense pressure on school places will continue to escalate.
“It means increasing numbers of parents will not be able to find any school for their children, certainly not in the first round of admission applications. This will increase parental stress, worry and concern.
“There is a limit to how far existing schools can expand. Many are already using school halls, music rooms and gyms for classrooms and building over their playing fields to accommodate extra children. Children are being taught in portacabins and increasingly large classes, and until the Government tackles the lack of school places these problems will get worse.”