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Thurrock Council offers support for schools forced to close over safety fears

THURROCK Council is working with the Department for Education to support Academy Trusts in the borough following the announcement on new guidance on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in schools.

The Department for Education announced a policy shift on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in schools yesterday,  meaning that urgent action needs to be taken for any schools with known RAAC. Thurrock Council had already contacted all schools in July 2023 to establish whether any had identified RAAC in any part of their school building. In addition, schools have responded to a questionnaire sent by the DfE.

Based on the responses provided by the schools governing body, the DfE commissioned specialist surveying companies to visit a number of schools to verify whether RAAC is present.

Parents at four schools identified have been informed today about the issues affecting each school. Schools are working hard to mitigate any issues so that children can attend school next week.

Cllr Adam Carter, Cabinet Member for Education, said, “We are working with the Regional School’s Office and academy schools and will support them to minimise any disruption.”

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