Last reviewed on 22 September 2023
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Get answers to FAQs on the current concerns about reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in school buildings and what the situation means for you. Choose from our template letters to help you explain your school's situation to parents/carers and offer reassurance where you need to.

This article is based on the DfE's guidance for schools on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). We understand that this is a developing situation and plan to update this article as and when we have more information – select 'save for later' at the top of the page to receive a notification when we do. 

If you already know whether you have RAAC in your buildings and what your next steps are, and just want help to craft your communication to parents/carers, jump straight to the last section to choose from our template letters.

Please note: the DfE's assessment survey programme is only available to state-funded settings in England. However, the guidance linked above and these FAQs should be helpful to all other settings too.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) is a lightweight, ‘bubbly’ form of concrete commonly used in construction between the 1950s and mid-1990s. It’s usually