Planning of School Places
We are responsible for the planning of school places, reduction of surplus places, pupil projections, assessing school capacities and the publication of statutory proposals for school reorganisations.
Planning Obligations (Section 106)
Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 allows education authorities to obtain funds from developers of new housing developments where the number of houses being built will require extra school places.
The Planning Obligations Policy provides a broad approach to planning obligations for necessary education infrastructure. It provides the basis for calculating likely educational contributions and enables indicative figures to be provided to developers - without undertaking an exhaustive analysis – and is particularly helpful at enquiry and pre-application stages.
Where it is deemed appropriate, the County Council reserves the right to determine an educational contribution using a different methodology. This may be where a more precise cost for providing additional and necessary educational facilities is known, where a development is of a large size or where one or more separate developments are to be phased across an area.
The School Organisation Team is currently reviewing the Planning Obligations Policy.
For an indicative education contribution please contact the School Organisation Team by email at email@example.com providing details of the site, dwelling numbers and dwelling type breakdown (if known).
Infant Class Size Legislation
It is a statutory requirement that all infant class sizes are limited to a maximum of 30 pupils per one school teacher throughout the school day, except for school assemblies, music, drama and sports lessons.
In the majority of cases, Staffordshire schools have maintained infant class sizes within the legal limit. However, PLASC returns made each year identify a small number of schools with infant classes of more than 30 pupils.
You can view the Infant Class Size Legislation on the DfE website.
Schools and other authorised users of the Staffordshire Learning Net can find pupil projections at : http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/SchoolAdministration/Planningofschoolplaces/