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Growing demand for state primary schools

By Wesleyan

Teachers are educating nearly 94,000 more public sector primary school pupils, the Government's latest annual figures suggest.

The Department for Education's (DfE) new numbers revealed that over seven in 10 (71 per cent) of these new places were being made up by ethnic minority children.

The overall number of additional places for four to 11 year-olds in January, 93,600, was 2.1 per cent up on the January 2014 figure.

This averages out at an extra six children for every school.

The increase has helped to swell the overall number of primary school pupils in England to 4.5 million.

Of these, over three in 10 children (30.4 per cent) were categorised as being originally from ethnic minorities.

This represented a rise from the figure of 29.5 per cent which was recorded back in January of last year.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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