Revelations about Gateshead's Emmanuel College shows where school privatisation leads. The college has been teaching fundamentalist Christian creationism and undermining the scientific teaching of biology. It hosted a conference on creationism last week, and senior staff have given lectures urging teachers to promote creationism instead of evolution.
Creationism claims that the biblical story that the world was created in seven days is literally true. This is considered to be nonsense even by most Christians. The college is one of the government's model city technology colleges. It is run by Tory peer Baroness Cox and funded by millionaire used-car salesman Sir Peter Vardy.