43 more schools hit by RAAC concrete crisis as hundreds of education buildings are confirmed with dodgy materials | The Sun

CRUMBLING concrete has been found in another 43 schools, the Department for Education confirmed today.

The new additions take the total number of schools affected by the RAAC crisis to 214.

Despite the dangerous concrete, 94% of affected schools are carrying out full-time face to face learning.

The remaining 12 have implemented a hybrid system of remote and online teaching.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: "As of 16 October, there are 214 education settings with confirmed RAAC in some of their buildings.

"Thanks to the hard work of school and college leaders, 202 settings (94%) are providing full time face-to-face education for all pupils. 12 settings have hybrid arrangements in place.

"This may involve some remote learning on some days as not all pupils can currently receive full-time face-to-face education.

"There are no education settings with confirmed RAAC where all pupils are in full-time remote learning."



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RAAC is a popular lightweight type of concrete and is normally used in roof, floor, cladding and wall construction.

In recent years it has been found that RAAC planks had crumbled coupled with severe weather.

Its consistency has been likened to looking like an Aero chocolate bar, and it's been shown crushing to pieces when under pressure.

And while it's recently been found in schools, hospitals across the UK are made of the crumbling concrete, too.

In early September 19 schools had to delay the start of term after surveyors discovered RAAC in its buildings.

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Some had to shut entirely.

But today Ms Keegan confirmed no more education settings are in full-remote learning mode.

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