Face coverings in education (applies until Step 4)

Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England.

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Applies to England



This guidance is intended to support early years and childcare providers, schools, including alternative provision, and colleges with advice on the use of face coverings.

Published 26 August 2020
Last updated 24 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. We have converted the guidance to HTML to make it easier to read. We have not changed any of the guidance from the update on 10 May.

  2. Updated the guidance to reflect that from 17 May face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools and FE providers. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. In all schools and FE providers, we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible.

  3. Update on the use of face coverings in education and the roadmap review process as part of step 3.

  4. Guidance updated to clarify FE sector guidance and the use of reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils and students.

  5. This guidance has been updated to include new guidance on face coverings to support schools and colleges to return to a full attendance on 8 March.

  6. Removed references to local restrictions and updated to reflect the national lockdown.

  7. Updated to align with the local restriction tier system.

  8. Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.

  9. Updated guidance to align with the local COVID alert level framework.

  10. First published.