Pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges from 17 May, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has confirmed. He explained that the latest data shows infection rates are continuing to decrease, hospitalisations at their lowest level since July, and the vaccine rollout continuing at pace. The Government expects this will improve interaction between teachers and students, ensuring clear communication to support learning.
Children’s Commissioner, Rachel de Souza, said: “I am glad that the Government has made the decision to remove face coverings in schools for pupils, based on the latest scientific advice. Wearing a mask during lessons has been one of many sacrifices children have made over the last year in our fight against the pandemic and I know they will welcome this latest step towards a return to normal school life.”
You can view the announcement here.