Education boss at Essex County Council issues statement on school closures

Politics / Fri 1st Sep 2023 at 12:53pm

THE portfolio holder for education at Essex County Council has issued a statement in relation to Harlow schools having to close due to safety concerns.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “The Department for Education has published new guidance regarding reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in schools.

“This guidance outlines that urgent action must be taken at any schools with known RAAC. If systems are not already in place, then buildings affected must not be used until surveys have taken place and suitable systems are installed.

“We have been working quickly to establish schools affected in the county. We are aware of three local authority schools that have known RAAC and do not have mitigations in place. We anticipate there will be disruption at one of these schools at the start of the Autumn term, however, plans are in place to return to face to face teaching as soon as possible. All parents will be communicated to directly by their school regarding any changes to teaching while plans are put in place.

“We are working closely with these schools to minimise any disruption to learning. We are also supporting them in communicating with parents and carers.”

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