Dear Department for Education,
Basis for Request
The DfE’s ‘advice’ that secondary school children should wear face coverings in classrooms was controversial in the absence of compelling evidence. Though the advice to secondary school children to wear face coverings in classrooms (the ‘measure’) was described as an experiment/trial being conducted for a limited period (between 8 March and the end of the Spring term) it was extended into the Summer term.
My Previous Information Request
On 28 April 2021, you wrote to refuse to provide information requested under my FOI submitted on 28 March 2021 (your ref reference number 2021-0020433 - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...) under Section 12 of the Act. I am now requesting a subset of the information sought under my previous request and trust this will not need to be refused under Section 12 or for any other cause.
Please provide any briefing documents provided to, or communications with, ministers supporting the decision to advise the extension of the use of face coverings in classrooms to the Summer term of 2021
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Department for Education
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