A surge in the UK's population means a shortage of places for many cities' students — leaders consider 'split-shift' schooling and makeshift schools in response.

This article titled “Population rise will force schools to use empty shops and warehouses” was written by Toby Helm and Tracy McVeigh, for The Observer on Saturday 21st July 2012 20.30 UTC

Councils are drawing up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops, warehouses, magistrates' courts and vacant office blocks as a population surge triggers a severe shortage of primary school places.

The problems, highlighted by the latest census, are now acute in London and other big cities, where education chiefs say population growth – coinciding with the movement of people into cheaper areas as the recession and benefit cuts bite – is creating intense pressure in less wealthy boroughs.

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