How London’s school ‘ghost areas’ destroy communities

A headteacher warns school closures are creating “ghost areas” across London and destroying communities as so many families leave the capital.

The Evening Standard’s education editor Anna Davis joins us in the studio after interviewing Helen Connor, executive head of Rhyl Community Primary in Camden, who says London risks “dying from its roots” as growing numbers of families cannot afford to stay in the city.

It comes after research revealed 8,000 fewer children will need school places in London over the next four years.

London Councils - the parent body for the capital’s local authorities - blames a falling birth rate, Brexit, the pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis and lack of affordable housing.

Plus, latest on the government’s classroom mobile phones crackdown.

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