English school leaders despair over new rules on Covid tests and masks

Teachers concerned that measures are unenforceable and some parents may withhold consent for regular testing

Headteachers fear that the reopening of England’s schools could be undermined because parents will not consent to Covid testing for their children and because guidance on the wearing of face masks in classes is unenforceable.

The warnings came after a slew of education announcements from the government, culminating in a flurry of guidance on summer assessments that will pile pressure on already overstretched teachers.

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