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Creationism and Evolution: Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 202970, tabled on 30 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether an independent school (a) teaching creationism and (b) failing to teach evolution as an established scientific theory would lead to it receiving a lower rating under the independent schools inspection framework; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

8 July 2014

Registered independent schools must meet the independent school standards. These state that the curriculum must give pupils experience in ‘linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, and aesthetic and creative education.' Science must therefore be included in the curriculum. Ofsted and the independent school inspectorates inspect independent schools against these standards.