Unions write to education secretary to demand answers on RAAC in schools

Education and public sector unions have today written* to education secretary Gillian Keegan to ask for urgent answers on the RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) emergency.
The general secretaries of school leaders’ union NAHT, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Education Union, NASUWT, GMB and Unison, have penned a letter to Ms Keegan raising a series of pressing questions.

Their letter comes after the new term was disrupted for some children and schools following the government’s instruction last week that school buildings with the crumbly concrete RAAC present should not be used without mitigations in place.

In it, they stress that school leaders and their teams are not experts and seek advice on what action they should take, their responsibilities and progress on site surveys, as well as clarity over funding and support for schools, and Ofsted inspections.

*Today's letter refers to previous correspondence dated 15 February 2023 which can be read here