Creationism causes a stir

17th August 2012 at 01:00

No free school can teach creationism as scientific fact in any lesson, including religious studies - and despite what James Williams says ("If you don't Adam and Eve it, say so", 10 August), there is no way around this. Free schools must demonstrate that they have a broad and balanced curriculum in order to be approved. The funding agreements for all free schools state that divine creationism must not be taught as a scientific theory. If a free school is found to be breaking the rules, it will be in breach of contract and subject to action, which can include stopping it from operating.

Nick Gibb, Schools minister.

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