The Number of Education Settings with Collapse-Prone Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) Has Risen: Updated List Revealed
In a recent update from the Department for Education (DfE), it has been revealed that the number of education settings in England with collapse-prone reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) has increased. The updated list, released on Tuesday, shows that a total of 174 education settings in England now have RAAC present as of 14th September. This is a rise from the original list published in the first week of September, which identified 147 schools and colleges with RAAC as of 30th August.
It has also been reported that 24 schools in England had to offer some remote learning due to RAAC issues. However, the DfE has stated that 148 out of the 174 education settings confirmed to have collapse-risk concrete are still able to offer full-time, face-to-face learning to all pupils. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has emphasized the cautious approach taken to ensure the safety of children in schools.
The DfE has been working closely with affected schools and plans to provide both expert and financial support to minimize disruption and ensure the safety of staff and children. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan praised the efforts of school and local leaders in continuing to offer face-to-face learning despite the presence of RAAC.
The newly identified schools affected by the RAAC crisis include Ark John Keats Academy, Avenue Centre for Education, Baildon Church of England Primary School, Baskerville School, and Buttsbury Junior School, among others. The full list of affected schools can be found in the article.
What is RAAC?
RAAC is a lightweight, precast, cellular concrete building material made from quartz sand, calcined gypsum, lime, Portland cement, water, and aluminum powder. Its lighter weight is achieved by using chemicals to create air bubbles within the concrete, reducing its density. This makes it easier to handle and transport during construction.
However, recent concerns have arisen regarding the structural stability of RAAC. The DfE has identified education settings with RAAC that might be at risk of collapse. The department has been proactive in addressing these concerns and has been working with schools to provide support and guidance.
The presence of collapse-prone RAAC in education settings in England has become a pressing issue. The updated list reveals an increase in the number of schools and colleges affected by RAAC. The DfE is taking a cautious approach to ensure the safety of children and has provided support to affected schools. The situation continues to develop, and the DfE remains committed to minimizing disruption and keeping staff and children safe.