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Gillian Keegan tells teachers to ‘get off backsides’ and answer Raac survey

NEU calls education secretary’s comments ‘outrageous’, as Keegan links frustration over survey to on-camera outburst

The education secretary, Gillian Keegan, has angered teachers a day after a sweary outburst landed her in trouble, this time claiming headteachers who had not responded to a survey about whether they were affected by crumbling concrete should “get off their backsides”.

Her comments in a radio interview came a day after she was forced to apologise after being caught swearing on camera while expressing frustration about the crisis surrounding reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) in schools, claiming that “everyone else has sat on their arse” while she tried to fix the problem.

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