Posted on Wednesday 19th Jan 2022
Face coverings will no longer be compulsory in England's secondary school classrooms from 20 January.
The announcement was made by the prime minister, as part of the easing of "Plan B" Covid measures.
What's happening this term?
All UK schools are expected to offer face-to-face teaching to every age group, and to provide effective online learning for pupils who are absent or isolating.
The specific Covid measures in place vary across the nations.
All school staff and secondary school pupils are asked to take two lateral flow tests (LFTs) a week (three in Wales).
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