Freedom at last for schoolchildren as the controversial rules on face masks have finally been dropped. 

Masks have been recommended in schools since pupils returned to the classroom on 8 March. The decision to scrap the advice follows widespread concerns that they hinder children’s learning, communication and health.

Legal pressure has also helped to sway the government’s decision. On 23 April, legal action was taken on behalf of a 12 year-old pupil against Tapton School Academy Trust, which runs four secondary schools in the Sheffield area. The court case was lodged by her father, who has remained anonymous alongside his daughter and the school in question, and was taken on by laworfiction, a legal advice website.