Reporting year 2019

Local authority school places scorecards

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The scorecard release provides a snapshot of the progress local authorities in England are making in delivering good quality primary and secondary school places in 2019.

Information is included on: 

  • how many places have been delivered from 2009/10 to 2018/19, as of 1 May 2019
  • how many places are planned to be delivered for academic year 2021/22
  • the quality of places delivered between 2017/18 and 2018/19
  • forecasting accuracy of local authorities
  • how well parental preference is met
  • basic need capital funding allocated to each local authority to create new places from 2011 to 2022
  • the cost of providing places (for academic years 2015/16 to 2017/18 adjusted for inflation)

This release was first published at local authority school places scorecards: 2019 (opens in a new tab) on 25 June 2020. The scorecard summary data has been migrated to the Explore Education Statistics platform to improve user access, although the local authority interactive scorecard is still available at the link above. 

National level, local authority and school level data are provided in the data files associated with this release (school level data is only provided in the cost file and separate school level quality file).

All underlying data files may be found in the ‘Download associated files’ dropdown below:

Headline facts and figures - 2019

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These are Official Statistics and have been produced in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

This can be broadly interpreted to mean that these statistics are:

  • managed impartially and objectively in the public interest
  • meet identified user needs
  • produced according to sound methods
  • well explained and readily accessible

Find out more about the standards we follow to produce these statistics through our Standards for official statistics published by DfE guidance.

Our statistical practice is regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR).

OSR sets the standards of trustworthiness, quality and value in the Code of Practice for Statistics that all producers of official statistics should adhere to.

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If you have a specific enquiry about Local authority school places scorecards statistics and data:

Pupil Place Planning team

Contact name: Robert Miller

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