The Guardian reports that some London boroughs face the prospect of not having enough school places for all their children in September. Stamp Duty makes it harder to move house so the tendency of couples to move out of London when they have children has diminished. The recession means fewer can afford school fees. But the biggest factor is that since 2001 there has been a baby boom in London. (Indeed so, The eldest of my three daughters was born in 2002.)
I hope that Councils will be innovative in helping groups of parents, charities and companies start new schools. Some help with premises would help a lot – rather than being obstructive via the planning process offer a Council owned site that is currently under used. A new generation of small, community based private schools with low fees would transform the school system. Could it happen?