04 July 2017
Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, the DfE is contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools, FE Colleges and independent training providers, instructing them to carry out checks in order to identify any buildings which may require further investigation. This includes local authorities, academy trusts, dioceses and any other organisations affiliated with schools.
The DfE has also written to all HEFCE-funded Higher Education Institutions and Alternative Providers of Higher Education to identify any student accommodation buildings that may require further investigation. They have requested that institutions flag any concerns immediately and are also engaging with the sector directly and via key sector bodies, including Universities UK and Guild HE.
The department is collecting this information to help target and prioritise any further advice or checks, in line with the collective government approach, and has said that it is important to recognise that cladding is not of itself dangerous, but it is important that the right type is used. That is what this process is checking.
Where deemed necessary, local fire services will also be able to visit the site to do additional checks and advise on the safety of the building and any precautionary measures that are needed.