An economic recession that's leading parents to keep their children in state primary schools coupled with a baby boom has resulted in a shortage of available space at the schools. "The size of the problem is severe," said James Kempton, leader of Islington council. "Boroughs are doing their best with temporary classrooms, putting more than 30 pupils in classrooms with extra staff. Contingency plans are as good as we can get them, but we can't guarantee they will cover every child."

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