Teaching unions have urged ministers to make face masks mandatory for children in secondary schools when they finally return in September.
Ministers currently have no plans to make pupils or staff in the UK wear masks when they go back to school after the summer holidays.
The Government has conceded that face masks in the classroom were pointless for protection because students and teachers spent so much time together.
Unions claim the rules are ‘out of step’ with the decision to make masks mandatory in shops, supermarkets and train stations, saying teachers aren’t given the same amount of protection as other workers.
GMB said there was a ‘clear double standard’ in guidance which said face masks are compulsory anywhere where social distancing is difficult.
Some schools have already taken matters into their own hands and asked parents to buy their child a face mask as part of their uniform.
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