More grist to the School Voucher debate mill:
The number of surplus school places in England has risen to 758,000 – the highest level since 1998.
This is the equivalent of more than 2,000 average-sized primary and 250 secondary schools lying empty.
Later on it states that 12% of Primary School places and 7% of Secondary School places are vacant, while some education authorities such as Birmingham have up to 25% vacancies.
How would vouchers change this? Surplus spaces aren’t necessarily a bad thing. There is always surplus in any system (and when there isn’t… look what happened during the fuel crisis in 2000) and any system which maximises ‘choice’ has to factor in a certain amount of redundancy. Once again, I suspect it largely depends on what level you set the voucher. But what does the panel think?