More than 90 English primary schools will shut or face closure because their classrooms are mostly empty, according to recent figures.

The data, provided by the Department for Education, showed 88 schools were more than 66 per cent empty last year, and a further four were already set to close.

Falling birth rates and young families leaving urban areas in the face of increased house and childcare costs has caused the drop in numbers and associated per pupil funding, according to the Guardian.

Head of Analysis at the Education Policy Institute Jon Andrews said: 'The Department for Education has estimated that the total pupil population will fall by over 900,000 by 2032.

'Most school funding is allocated on a per-pupil basis, so falling pupil numbers can lower budgets for schools.'

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