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Creationism

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations his Department has received on the teaching of creationism in schools. (99376)

The Department regularly receives correspondence about the teaching of creationism in schools. Most express concern about the possibility that creationism could be taught in the science curriculum.

The Government’s view is that creationism is not a recognised scientific theory and should not be taught in the science curriculum. There are, however, opportunities to discuss it in religious education, where pupils learn about different beliefs and faiths.