August 31, 2023

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Unsafe building material forces school closures in England

Schools in England with a type of concrete prone to collapse will have to close immediately, the BBC is reporting.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), was used widely in schools between 1950 and the mid-1990s, but has since been found prone to collapse. A report published in July by the National Audit Office identified that 572 schools might have the material present.

In a government announcement expected shortly, it is thought that 100 schools will be contacted before the new term begins – and will not be able to reopen until safety measures have been implemented. It means some will have to relocate children to other teaching places.

Measures to improve safety include propping up ceilings, although the Department for Education has not given a timeframe for the work.

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