Reporting year 2022

Local authority school places scorecards

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  1. Updated link to 2022 scorecard

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The 2022 interactive scorecards are available here: (opens in a new tab)

Please note this is not the latest release. The latest scorecards can be found at: (opens in a new tab)

These scorecards display a snapshot of the progress each local authority across England is making towards ensuring there are sufficient good quality school places.

New information is included on: 

  • the quality of places delivered between 2020/21 and 2021/22
  • accuracy of local authorities’ latest pupil forecasts for 2022/23
  • the DfE's estimate of the percentage of spare places in 2024/25
  • anticipated change in pupil numbers 2022/23 to 2024/25

Information which has previously been published but is new to the 2022 scorecards includes:

  • how many places have been delivered between 2009/10 and 2021/22
  • the percentage of unfilled places in 2021/22
  • the DfE’s estimate of places still needed for 2024/25
  • basic need capital funding allocated to each local authority to create new places from 2011 to 2024
  • how well school preference was met for September 2022 and September 2023 entry
  • the national average cost of providing places, adjusted for regional location factors 

As requested by users, the interactive scorecard now provides users with the functionality to compare local authority data in the relevant charts. Please provide further feedback on the interactive scorecards using this short survey (opens in a new tab)

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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.

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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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Telephone: 020 7783 8300

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