Data set from School capacity

Estimates of future school place demand - places needed, spare places (place planning)

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Estimates of future school places needed to meet modelled demand, calculated at planning area level and aggregated to local authority, regional and national level. Estimates reflect the position reported by local authorities at May 2023 through the School Capacity survey, supplemented with DFE internal data on central programmes which will add or remove school places. Includes national curriculum year groups from reception to Year 11.


Data set details

Theme
Pupils and schools
Publication
School capacity
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
Indicators
  • Estimated number of places needed: Additional need as positives and spare places as negatives
  • Estimated number of places needed: Additional need only
Filters
  • National curriculum year group
Time period
2023/24 to 2029/30

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_nameregion_coderegion_nameold_la_codenew_la_codela_nameplanning_area_codeplanning_area_nameplanning_area_phasenc_year_grouppupil_forecastsestimated_capacityla_planned_placescentral_programme_placesadditional_need_minus_spare_placesadditional_need_only
202324Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalz38889.21597
202324Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryPrimary totalz16238.66142
202324Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryReceptionz929.652492
202324Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryYear 01z1089.035893
202324Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryYear 02z1669.881461

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
additional_need_minus_spare_placesEstimated number of places needed: Additional need as positives and spare places as negatives
additional_need_onlyEstimated number of places needed: Additional need only
nc_year_groupNational curriculum year group - Filter by phase and by national curriculum year group. Scroll down and select 'Total' for the sum of all primary and secondary year groups.

Footnotes

  1. Estimates reflect the position reported by local authorities as at May 2023, supplemented with DFE internal data on centrally funded programmes due to add or remove school places.
  2. Estimates are provided from 2023/24 to 2027/28 for primary (Reception to Year 6) and from 2023/24 to 2029/30 for secondary (Year 7 to Year 11).
  3. 'Estimated places needed: Additional need as positives and spare places as negatives' are not produced at a national and regional level because they would be unrepresentative of school place demand. They would suggest unrealistic levels of spare places, because demand in specific areas would be lost in the sum total.
  4. A description of how these estimates have been derived and how to interpret them is provided in the school place planning estimates technical guidance accompanying this release (see supporting files under 'Explore data and files’).

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