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Britain’s annual battle for school places: should parents be put in charge?

By Leo Hornak  

Britain's primary schools are short of more than 2,000 places

This is the season of anxiety for many parents of young children. Although we are only a few months away from the start of the next school year, the scramble for primary school places is still gathering pace, particularly in inner city areas. According to a recent report, London urgently needs 2,250 extra primary school places, projected to rise to 5,000 next year, and over 18,000 by 2014.

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