The DfE have published the latest advice on the use of face coverings in schools and further education.
Secondary Schools guidance
Where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, the DfE recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff, pupils and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils and students when outdoors on the premises.
In addition, they now also recommend that in those settings where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms and during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.
In primary schools, the DfE recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.
Students who refuse to wear a face mask
The DfE has stated that no pupil or student should be denied education on the grounds that they are not wearing a face covering.
Link to the guidance: