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Further to the Written Answer by Lord Filkin on 21 February 2005 (WA 173), whether the Answer remains valid; and whether they adhere to
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): To meet the requirements of the national curriculum for science, teachers have to teach about scientific theories. Intelligent design is not a recognised scientific theory; therefore, it is not included in the science curriculum.
The science programme of study sets out the legal requirements of the national curriculum. It clearly states that pupils should be taught: how uncertainties in scientific knowledge and scientific ideas change over time; the role of the scientific community in validating these changes; that variation within species can lead to evolutionary changes; and that similarities and differences between species can be measured and classified.
Intelligent design can be explored in religious education as part of developing an understanding of different beliefs. It is up to the local SACREs (standing advisory councils on religious education) to set the syllabus for how this should be done. The department is currently working with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to communicate this message to schools.
How much money, over and above the £600 million package of financial support announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Budget Day 2006, will be devoted to meet his pledge of 25 October that every talented young sports star should have extra support to help them train and develop. [HL649]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The £600 million package of financial support for high-performance sport, managed and allocated by UK Sport, is the primary route of support for talented young athletes in Olympic and Paralympic sports who have the potential to compete and win in international competition. Government and UK Sport assess that there are now sufficient levels of funding in the performance system to 2012 to ensure that genuine world class talent is not lost to summer Olympic and Paralympic sports.
The national governing bodies (NGBs) of English non-Olympic sports receive funding from Sport England through their whole sport plans and will use a proportion of this to identify and support talented athletes. In addition, the Government's school sport strategy provides access to a range of non-Olympic sports, and talent in particular is supported through the gifted and talented scheme. Since 2003, over £6.5 million has been invested in this scheme.
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