A recent news report in July, highlighted the desperate need for school places in the coming years – as population increases, schools are under pressure to provide places for children, but also a good education. Britain is facing the worst shortage in school places, especially in primary schools that it has faced for decades. Classrooms are becoming more crowded, which has a massive impact on children’s learning, as teachers are stretched to the limit and there are not as many resources to go around. Government statistics from July 2015 showed that primary school population was due to rise by 6 per cent compared to 2015. This may not sound like a huge amount, but it has a massive impact on already over-stretched schools, trying to provide a place for every child. By 2024, they showed that secondary school age population was due to rise by 20 per cent by 2024..
Many children are now travelling further to get to school, as parents understandably want to send their child to the school with the best Ofsted report and best local reputation – this creates longer days which isn’t good for the children. Rather than building new schools, building on, and expanding schools is a good option. http://www.educationspaces.co.uk/ offers bespoke modular school buildings, which are an ideal solution to expand an already existing school. If every school were able to expand, it would have a huge impact on the local children, and should result in children being able to attend schools that are much closer to them as more places become available.
There has also been a lot of critiscm over the new academies – with many asking why schools that were already awarded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted inspections were being forced to undergo the very expensive restructuring process needed to become an academy.
Another problem that the government needs to tackle of course is the numbers of teachers. Some argue that rising house prices are making it difficult to keep teachers, many choosing a career that pays more. There has been a lot of bad press about teaching recently, with the teachers strikes and the conditions that teachers can be forced to work under (including threats of violence), and this is putting a lot of people off choosing to go into teaching as a career. Inner city schools in less affluent areas are seen as particularly undesirable places to teach, with many school staff concerned about discipline and violence in some schools. Many teachers feel that they do not have enough resources to enable them to teach properly, a problem which is most evident in the larger classrooms, with schools that are filled to capacity.
Home schooling is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to sending a child to a school that a growing number of parents feel will fail to give their child an inadequate education. Maybe this is the future of learning and the solution to school overcrowding problems?