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£2.4bn for extra places and building repairs.

£2.4bn for extra places and building repairs.

Schools in England are to receive £2.4bn for extra places and building repairs.

The announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening will help to create 600,000 more places by 2021.

Extra places are needed to keep pace with a rising school-age population - and to create places in a new wave of grammar schools.

But head teachers say the money for buildings does nothing for the "black hole" in day-to-day running costs.

The allocation of funds for school places and buildings is not new money, but draws upon funding from the 2015 spending review.

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