During her statement in the House of Commons, Ms. Keegan announced that a list of schools would be made public once measures to mitigate the situation were implemented. She emphasized the importance of informing parents about any impacts on their children’s education and providing schools with the necessary time to collaborate with their Department for Education (DfE) caseworkers to establish these mitigations.
Ms. Keegan confirmed that the list of 156 schools with confirmed cases of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Raac) would be published during the current week, along with details of initial precautions in place. Furthermore, ongoing updates on Raac cases would be provided as new instances arise and existing ones are resolved.
This development followed Ms. Keegan’s previous apology for using strong language on camera while criticizing others and asserting that the Government had taken extensive measures to address the Raac concerns.
The situation had forced over a hundred schools in England to delay their full reopening shortly before the autumn term started due to safety concerns related to Raac, a lightweight building material commonly used from the 1950s to the mid-1990s that is now considered susceptible to structural issues. Consequently, students may face temporary classrooms, changes in school locations, or even a return to remote learning resembling the pandemic-era setup. Among the affected schools are Cleeve Park School in Sidcup, St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive in Eltham, Corpus Christi Catholic School in Brixton, The Ellen Wilkinson School in Ealing, The Link School in Beddington, and St Mary Magdalene and St Stephen’s CE Primary School in Westminster