A recent report in The Telegraph stated that tens of thousands of school children faced being left without primary school places in coming years due to the critical shortage in numbers of places in major towns and cities across the United Kingdom.
I perspnally know that this is just the tip of iceberg. We have seen local councils across England being forced to install mobile classrooms, porta-cabins and even expand schools to avert a major admissions crisis. The data follows a sharp rise in the birth rate four years ago and a general rise in the population have combined to create a surge and a demand in school admissions.
The situation has seen parents in the some areas needing to seperate their children and send them to different schools. As you can imagine this can create an impossibble situation for some parents and they are unable to juggle the school run and commute to work.
Many local councils and authorities have warned that the problem will reach crisis point over the next few years, as the number of four and five year-olds entering state education in to primary school or infant school system continues to grow.
It has been proposed by several local authorities that without a major cash injection some children could be left without places by as early as 2015 resulting in some parents needing to provide home schooling.