The Education Secretary Michael Gove encouragingly declared last week that only scientific explanations for the origins of life and the cosmos can be taught in British state schools and academies.
Besides the tens of thousands of state schools and the hundreds of expensive fee-paying 'public' schools, the academy idea of free schools is being encouraged by the Conservative government (partly to save the government some of its taxpayers money).
Academies can be founded and supported by any group that is rich enough and yet also receive some state support. [It would be useful to have atheist groups backing a few such schools, seeing that most are religious schools].
More than 300 groups have applied to the Department of Education to launch free schools----like the Everyday Champions Church in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which has asked to teach creationism by pretending it is science.
The D of E, however, again emphasises that it "will not accept any academy or free school proposal which plans to teach creationism in the science curriculum." Michael Gove says that such concepts can only be discussed as beliefs within religious education classes.
Hurrah for that. But the exceptions, as ever, will include Muslim schools with their creationist Koran and many fundamentalist christian schools with their creationist Old Testament.