Ministers will visit schools in Barking today to address the issue of overcrowding in classrooms.
- Between 2001 and 2011, the number of live births rose by more than a fifth, putting growing pressure on schools with 723,913 live births in 2011, nearly 130,000 more than the number of live births in 2001
- Nearly 40 pre cent of the places needed at primary schools are in London - accounting for over 88,000 places
- Barking and Dagenham has the highest proportion of young children, with 10 per cent of the population aged under 5, this has increased by nearly half since 2001
Office for National Statistics