- It's thought around 800 children in the capital still have no primary school place.
- This year an extra 6000 children applied for a reception place compared to last year.
- Councils also face almost 10,000 late applications for places.
It's believed around 800 children in the capital are still without primary school places after an extra 6000 applications were received.
There are claims schoolchildren could be taught in shifts - some in the morning, the rest in the evening - to cope with the demand.
That's the drastic solution being considered by at least one London council, as it grapples with the problem.
More councils are expected to adopt similar measures at the start of the new school year this week.
A few months ago, we reported that classrooms are so full that 20,000 children didn't get into their first-choice school.
A Department for Educationspokesperson said:
“We know that London has pressures, which is whywe’re creating thousands more places to deal with the impact of soaring birthrates on primary schools. We've already invested just over £1 billion in Londonthis year and last to create extra school places and hundreds of millions ofpounds will follow.
“We are building Free Schools and letting themost popular schools expand to meet demand. We are also intervening to drive upstandards in weak primaries across the capital, which have empty places simplybecause parents don't want to send their children there."
Parents have been contacting London Tonight with their concerns.
- London Councils predict there will be a shortage of 78,923 primary school places between 2011 and 2016.
- It brings the total number of applicants this year to 100,000