Why we're investing in more good school places and new facilities

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced a multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs.

This is helping to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

1. More investment for children with special educational needs 

Councils will benefit from an additional £50 million to create more school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities - bringing the total investment in new school places for children with additional needs to £265 million.

2. More good places in primary and secondary schools

Alongside this, we are giving councils across the country £680 million to create 40,000 more good school places in primary and secondary schools. These places will build on the 825,000 new school places created since 2010.

What happened last year?

New figures show that 91 per cent of school places created last year were in good or outstanding schools.

So why does this matter? 

All parents want to send their child to a good local school, one that meets their individual needs and supports them to achieve their full potential.

This extra funding will help to ensure that every child has the best start in life as we build a country that truly works for everyone.