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Population pressure on schools

Members of the Public Accounts Committee will visit one of the country's fastest growing populations today, following the announcement earlier this month that England will need an extra 256,000 school places by September 2014.

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Number of births risen by a fifth in a decade

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

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