On 18 July, the Minister of State for Schools announced details of capital funding of around £820m that will provide new, high quality school places in locations that need more school places.
The targeted basic need funding brings the total amount of funding allocated to local authorities for new school places over the current spending review period to over £5 billion - more than double the £1.9 billion spent by the previous government over an equivalent period.
That funding is sufficient to provide the 417,000 places we need by 2015. By September this year, we expect 190,000 extra places will have been created with more in the pipeline.
Our main basic need allocations – which go directly to local authorities, and are based on projections of their need – were issued in March, and gave authorities funding for the next 2 years, enabling them to plan provision. Those allocations totalled some £1.6bn and will support local authorities to keep pace with projections of demand.
This additional funding, over and above existing allocations, was announced by the Chancellor in the autumn statement and will provide further high quality places. The funding is targeted to provide additional support to those local authorities experiencing the greatest pressure on places through the funding of new academies and free schools, as well as enabling investment to expand good and outstanding schools with high levels of demand.
The Targeted Basic Need Programme will deliver around 74,000 new pupil places in 45 new schools and through the expansion of 333 outstanding and good schools. A full list of projects that will be funded is available and more details of the funding are provided in the written ministerial statement on GOV.UK.
EFA Targeted Basic Need Programme enquiries
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Targeted Basic Need Programme information note.
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Q&A for the Targeted Basic Need programme.
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Targeted capital funding for new school places - 18 July 2013.
Information and guidance on how to apply to become an academy sponsor.
Details about the Targeted Basic Need Programme.