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School Organisation Service and Pupil Place Planning

Page last updated: 05/08/2019

​School Organisation are responsible for planning and commissioning a sufficient and diverse supply of school places, managing surplus school capacity and supporting school organisation proposals.

The broad functions of School Organisation are:

  • Ensuring there are good school places for every Essex child who requires one
  • Ensuring there is a diverse and rich mix of provision to meet the needs of all young people
  • Commissioning new provision where required
  • Liaising with the diocesan education boards in relation to the provision of places at faith schools
  • Providing commentaries on the need to maintain, or otherwise, provision at schools causing concern
  • Supporting Free School proposals
  • Supporting school conversions to Academies
  • Advising on and supporting the implementation of innovative new models of school organisation and governance, including the UTCs and Studio Schools
  • Supporting public consultation processes relating to proposed changes to school organisation
  • Publishing statutory proposals for school organisation changes
The broad functions of Pupil Place Planning are:
  • Production of an annual School Place Commissioning Plan
  • Manage the production of accurate forecasts of demand for school places and special school places, using demographic information, housing data and cross-border movements of pupils and parental preference
  • Ensuring Essex County Council fulfils its statutory duty to provide sufficient school places
  • Promoting diverse provision, ensuring increased choice through the production of accurate pupil forecast
  • Assessing the impact on the demand for school places of new housing developments, developing solutions and identifying the need for develop contributions
  • Monitoring the supply of school places in Essex
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