EARLY investigations in the Borders indicate that concrete which has raised safety concerns has not been adopted in the region's school estate.

Scottish Borders Council has been conducting assessments of school premises in relation to the known issues of reinforced autoclave aerated concrete (RAAC).

As an additional precautionary principle, further investigations are under way as part of the Scottish Government’s agreed programme being led by Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

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The Scottish Government confirmed that RAAC was found in 35 schools across Scotland, with local authorities in the process of checking other buildings.

But that review would take some time to complete, First Minister Humza Yousaf has said.

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He said: “Local authorities have given us returns for around 35 schools that tell us they have RAAC in them and mitigations have been put in place to ensure that there is no immediate safety concerns for either the pupils or the staff that work there.”