Schools: Buildings

Department for Education written question – answered at on 18 October 2023.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are waiting for temporary classrooms as mitigations for spaces that are unusable due to reinforced autoclave aerated concrete.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the oral evidence given to the Education Select Committee by the Minister for the School System and Student Finance on 19 September 2023, how many schools she expects to be waiting until 20 November for temporary classrooms.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her oral contribution of 19 September 2023 in response to the Urgent Question from the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, on what dates she had discussions with utility companies regarding arrangements for temporary classrooms as a result of building closures caused by the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools are sharing facilities with other schools for (a) design and technology, (b) art, (c) drama, (d) music, (e) sport and (f) other specialist subjects as a result of their own facilities being unavailable due to the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete, as of 19 September 2023.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her oral contribution of 19 September 2023, at which school children expressed that they wanted to stay in portacabins; and what capital investment that school has received since 11 May 2010.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

An updated list of schools and colleges with confirmed cases of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was published on 19 September, which is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-list-of-education-settings-with-raac.

Every school or college with confirmed RAAC is assigned dedicated support from the Department’s team of 80 caseworkers who work with them to assess what support is needed and implement mitigation plans. Mitigation plans could include using other spaces on the school site, in nearby schools or elsewhere in the local area, until structural works are carried out or temporary buildings are installed. A bespoke plan is put in place to ensure that each school and college receives the support that suits their circumstances.

Project delivery teams are on site to support schools and colleges, whether that is finding short term accommodation options or designing and putting in place structural solutions for affected spaces. The Secretary of State has also visited several schools and colleges affected by RAAC.

The Department has increased the supply of temporary buildings, working with three contractors, and accelerated the installation of these. The Department also met key water and utility companies between 30 August and 5 September 2023 to ensure the easy connection to temporary services. The Department has secured significant capacity to meet current needs and can increase this if necessary. The Government will fund the emergency mitigation work needed to make buildings safe, including installing alternative classroom space where necessary.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No1 person thinks not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.