Dad and mom in lots of components of England are discovering it more durable to get their youngster right into a secondary college they need, evaluation of presidency information suggests.
Many of the nation’s cities and counties noticed a fall final yr within the proportion of pupils getting a spot at their first-choice college.
The figures come on Nationwide Provide Day – the day households in England discover out the place they’ve been allotted a spot.
The federal government mentioned it was creating 600,000 new college locations.
Evaluation of Division for Schooling (DfE) information by the Press Affiliation means that final yr, 80 out of 151 native councils (53%) noticed a drop within the proportion of kids given their first alternative of secondary college in contrast with the yr earlier than.
In the meantime, 68 authorities (45%) noticed a fall within the proportion supplied one among their general preferences in 2016.
Most authorities – 85 in whole (57%) – witnessed a drop within the proportion of 11-year-olds supplied their first secondary college choice over the previous 5 years.
And about two-thirds, 98 councils (65%), have seen a drop within the proportion supplied one among their general preferences throughout this time.
Liverpool noticed the largest drop for first decisions, down seven proportion factors on 2015. Whereas Hammersmith and Fulham in west London had the largest drop for general preferences, down four.2 factors.
The most important fall in first-preference gives between 2011 and 2016 was in Blackpool, down 19.6 proportion factors. It additionally had the most important drop for general preferences, down eight proportion factors.
The applying course of sees households checklist plenty of decisions, so as of choice.
There have been persevering with considerations a couple of squeeze on college locations, induced partially by an increase within the start fee.
A DfE spokesman mentioned: “Final yr nearly all dad and mom bought a proposal at one among their prime three most well-liked colleges.
“Practically 600,000 extra pupil locations had been created between Could 2010 and Could 2015, and the federal government is now pushing forward with the creation of an extra 600,000 new college locations as a part of its wider £23bn funding within the college property as much as 2021.”
Richard Watts, chair of the Native Authorities Affiliation’s Youngsters and Younger Individuals Board, mentioned: “Creating an additional 300,000 major locations over latest years is a demonstrable report that councils are doing every part they will to rise to the problem of guaranteeing no youngster goes and not using a place.
“Nevertheless, as youngsters transfer on to secondary colleges, the vast majority of which at the moment are academies, councils are working with one hand behind their backs to assist as many as potential obtain a spot at their first-choice college.
“If they’re to fulfill the demand for secondary college locations, then current academy colleges ought to be made to increase the place required, or councils should be given back the powers to open new maintained schools.”
Russell Passion, common secretary of college leaders’ union NAHT, mentioned: “The huge improve in pupil numbers over the subsequent few years, notably at secondary age, will solely make it more durable.
“The federal government’s personal figures present that an additional 750,000 college locations shall be wanted in England by 2025, to fulfill a 10% rise in pupil inhabitants.
“There’s a determined want for long-term planning that spans all sectors.
“Faculties are dealing with a £3bn shortfall in funding by 2019, with 98% set to be worse off at a time when prices are rising and pupil numbers are rising.”