Pupils Packed in like Sardines: Baby Boom and Migrant Influx Fuel School Places Crisis

Andrew Levy and Sarah Harris, Daily Mail (London), September 2, 2013

Thousands of pupils are being squeezed into extra classes at primary schools struggling under a huge influx of children.

Amid a raft of emergency measures, a third of councils are being forced to lay on the ‘bulge’ reception classes for the term starting this week. The crisis has been caused by a baby boom, rising immigration and families being priced out of the private sector.

Many pupils will now be taught in temporary classrooms, with some schools renting extra space in empty offices and children’s centres.

Margaret Morrissey, of pressure group Parents Outloud, said the situation was a scandal because officials knew of the population bulge and of higher numbers of child migrants.

‘Children who need individual support and help the most are being pushed into classes where they can hardly move around the room,’ she added.

‘Pupils’ education is being damaged as a result of them being packed into schools like sardines.’

Some schools spent the summer as building sites while construction workers desperately tried to finish  additional classrooms in time.

Further efforts to meet soaring demand for places include:

  •  Classes of more than 30 pupils – despite previous attempts to ban the practice;
  •  ‘Titan’ schools with 1,000-plus children;
  •  Sacrificing playgrounds and green areas for either temporary or permanent classrooms;
  •  ‘Split-shift’ schools with double intakes studying at different times during an extended school day and week.

The drastic steps emerged as local authorities admitted hundreds of children due to be starting school for the first time are still without places.

Almost one in ten children–more than 50,000–are going to a primary that was not their family’s first choice. About 20,000 have to go to a school their parents did not want them to attend, because all their chosen primaries were full.

Just over a third of the 152 local education authorities in England were contacted by the Daily Mail about their plans for the new term at their primary schools and 26 responded.

Nine said they were using bulge classes–a one-off reception class that continues through the school until more space is found or the children join a secondary.

Extrapolated across the country, this suggests around 50 councils or one in three are relying on them as an emergency solution. Most indicated there would be more than one bulge class in their area, meaning thousands of children are affected.

The local authorities included Hertfordshire, Nottingham, Barking and Dagenham, Richmond, Rotherham and Wakefield.Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Medway, Rotherham, Sunderland, Wakefield, Portsmouth admitted they are using temporary classrooms.

In Barking and Dagenham, 70 per cent of its 47 infant, junior and primary schools have already been expanded or are in the process of being made bigger.

The National Audit Office warned in April that 240,000 extra primary places would be needed by September 2014.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank, said: ‘This is one of the major consequences of the mass immigration that was allowed to occur under the previous government.

‘Parents of young children are now bearing the cost.’

A Department for Education spokesman said: ‘We are spending £5billion by 2015 on creating new school places–more than double the amount spent by the previous government in the same time frame.’

London Councils, which represents the capital’s 33 local authorities, yesterday estimated a funding shortfall of £1.04billion to create sufficient school places by 2016/17.

It estimates that London boroughs will have to contribute around £9,000 a pupil towards the costs of building places locally.

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  • Spartacus

    Yet another one of those great economic benefits of high immigration…

  • IstvanIN

    I hope the island of Great Britain doesn’t tip over from all the brown refuge.

  • bigone4u

    No wonder whites do not want children these days. I wouldn’t wish the diversity described here on my worst enemy, much less a child I loved. The Brits are brain dead zombies for allowing this to happen without a fight..

    • exlib93

      Wish they’d fight against the dark enemy with the same fervor they do at soccer riots.

      • Chris Granzow XI

        That’s something I never understood. Seeing them fight against fans from across Britain in all these movies like Green Street Hooligans, etc. but how many of them would come together to fight gangs in their own neighborhoods. It’s a pathetic displacement of energy.

  • Nick A Siggers

    Which European trait will win, altruism, egalitarianism or intelligence?

    • ms_anthro

      Don’t forget cold, clear-eyed ruthlessness and the determination and drive to win at all costs. That too is a European trait. Will it resurface in time to save us?

      • Nick A Siggers

        Yes it is, forgive me for the omission.

  • NYB

    The only remedy is to drive them out.

    Pass an expulsion law, and give them 30 days to make their way out by plane, boat or chunnel.

    Anyone who doesn’t leave in the required time frame is rounded up and confined to a camp pending deportation.

    White liberals who interfere get sentenced to incarceration, and are placed on a national security threat list.

    Whites reap the rewards of depopulated housing stock, and start having normal families again.

  • ddres

    With overflowing classrooms how will they learn sharia law?

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    At least in the Islamic Caliphate of Britain the immigrants pay taxes (if only in nominal sums) to have their children schooled. In America, the children of invaders are schooled for free as a “civil right” (in Eric Holder’s words).

  • It is the same old story.

    There is a classic video called “England – Whose England” which is on Youtube. I assume it is from the late 1960s or mid 1970s. Contained within it is a series of British nationals complaining that “you cannot fit a quart into a pint pot” and “there are no jobs for these people, no housing, schools”.

    Aside from the retro-look, it is just the same thing today. What has changed? nothing other than it getting worse – beyond those people’s wildest dreams.

    Notice in the article, it is the same old narrative too. The costs. The burden on school places. The inability to “cope”. The ministers announcing they are taking this measure or that measure to provide funds, or, this time, look at ‘shifts’ for schools!

    The major missing narrative? Stopping immigration and deporting those who should not be here.

    There was an article in the Daily Mail yesterday too, about littering signs in Haringey. The council had put them up featuring several languages, none of which were English.

    According to the newspaper, the local residents – who are probably all immigrant anyway! – and the people commenting on the newspaper article itself – were complaining more about the costs, the language problems, the design of the sign, littering, etc than the actual REAL problem, the presence of such a situation in Britain, stopping the immigration and deporting those who should not be here.

    Time after time it is the same long moan. The costs, the wastes of money, the school place shortage, the housing shortage, language problems, the veil, ‘no go areas’ and all the rest of it. Never is it openly about dealing with the immigration problem itself.

    I heard about a circular going around the emails lately, which was for a demonstration against a supposed ‘no-go zone’ in London – probably tower hamlets or somewhere like that, which is majority Muslim. They were protesting about this ‘no go area’ and that was the basis of the argument.

    So, the question has to be asked, if it was not a so-called ‘no go zone’ area in terms of the atmosphere, it would otherwise be fine?!

    No wonder nothing has moved on since the 1960s. People do not seem to want to tackle the actual causes, only the side effects.

  • Alexandra1973

    Deportation could work wonders.

  • mobilebay

    Would like to know just what’s wrong with “rounding them up and shipping them out?”