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Dealing with RAAC in schools

Understand the governing board's role in managing the implications of RAAC in school buildings.

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Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) was used in the construction of schools and other buildings from the 1950s until the mid-1990s. RAAC is very different from traditional concrete and, because of the way in which it was made, much weaker.

Irrespective of the legal ownership of school/trust buildings, all governing boards should seek assurance that school/trust leaders are aware of potential risks from RAAC and are addressing these.

While day-to-day building management and maintenance is the responsibility of school and trust leaders, governing boards must retain strategic oversight to ensure pupils and staff are kept safe.

Our RAAC advice for governing boards covers:

  • Department for Education (DfE) action taken
  • how schools identify RAAC
  • the governing board's role
  • ensuring continued education
  • budget implications
  • safeguarding considerations
  • continuing SEND provision


Estate management

Join us as we explore what responsibilities the board hold in relation to school and trust estates, what the concerns are across the sector, and what boards can do about it.

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