A national shortage in steel, roofing and concrete materials needed for mobile classroom units has led to some schools across the country having to make temporary adjustments following 'unprecedented demand' for school places.

Pupils at a school in Trafford had to temporarily study from a school hall in September after national supply chain issues led to the delayed arrivals of mobile classrooms.

The primary school, which has not been named, faced three weeks of delays over the summer due to the supply shortage.

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The changes are said to have affected around ten pupils at the school but Trafford Council said the temporary adjustments did not cause any delays to the start of the year and no child missed out on education as a result.

Last month, Trafford councillors said there had been 'unprecedented' demand for school places in the area.

During an executive meeting, councillors said Trafford had recently seen an influx of families move into the area and there was a need for more school places and mobile classrooms.

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Coun Karina Carter, executive member for education at Trafford council, said 800 families had applied for primary school places for their children since May 3, 2021.

In a statement, Trafford Council said it had welcomed a ‘significant number’ of new pupils to schools across the borough and had been working to ensure demand could be met.

A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “Trafford has welcomed a significant number of new applicants into our schools and we have worked with our headteachers to ensure school places are offered.

“We are aware of national supply chain issues, which will be affecting all local authorities.

"Trafford has had one issue over the delayed arrival of a temporary classroom but the pupils were accommodated elsewhere in the school. This issue has now been resolved.

“We continue to ensure a wide range of options are available to enable children and young people to attend school.”

Portakabin, the market-leading modular building manufacturer, told the M.E.N. the industry had faced some difficulty within the supply chain earlier this year but that they were now operating normally.

The business added that they had not directly faced delays with their supply of mobile classrooms.

A Portakabin spokesperson comments: “Earlier in the year, as with many manufacturing and construction firms, some items on our supply chain were more difficult to get hold of but our supply chain is now operating as normal.

"There were certainly no instances which affected delivery to our customers who remain our top priority.”

Following the return of pupils in September, schools across the country have also had to face increasing Covid infection rates amongst young people.

Last month, figures were the highest they've ever been amongst 10 to 14-year-olds since the pandemic began.

The move has seen many schools trying to reimpose restrictions from last year, with one school in Bury recently reintroducing the rule of compulsory face masks for pupils.

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