Wednesday, 17 June 2009

I started the day early being interviewed at BBC Radio Leeds...

Andrew Edwards and Georgey Spanswick from BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show wanted to know more about the paper we are taking to Executive Board this afternoon about the increasing demand for primary places in Leeds primary school. Based on the birth rate and the predictions from the Office for National Statistics we are expecting between 300 and 500 extra reception age children in September 2010 and the data suggests that this trend will continue for the next ten years. Education Leeds has a statutory responsibility on behalf of the Council to ensure that we have enough places for our children and we are consulting with all our schools about how we might do this bearing in mind that we still have around 6000 surplus places in our primary schools across the city. Creative and innovative ideas would be very welcome... the approach in Singapore is two shifts using the same building!

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