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Letter from Principal & Chief Executive Officer John Rees – Regarding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and its use in educational settings

Posted: 01/09/2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

You may have seen recent media coverage regarding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and its use in educational settings. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete; because it is weaker than regular concrete, concerns have been raised about its long-term durability. The Department for Education (DfE) has recently changed its guidance to education settings on the management of RAAC to take a more precautionary approach and as a result areas in affected spaces are being closed.

We wanted to inform you that we are not affected by this issue, as we do not have RAAC in any of our buildings and therefore they will continue to function as normal.

We understand that parents may want to understand more about the support to educational settings to manage RAAC safely. You can read more through the article published by the DfE on the Education Hub at https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2023/08/31/new-guidance-on-raac-in-education-settings/

I hope that this offers reassurance.

Yours sincerely

John Rees

Principal & Chief Executive Officer

DN Colleges Group