Royal Society comments on decision to include evolution in primary curriculum

19 November 2009

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has welcomed the decision to include evolution in the primary curriculum.

Professor Sir Martin Taylor, Vice-President of the Royal Society, said:

"We are delighted to see evolution explicitly included in the primary curriculum. One of the most remarkable achievements of science over the last two hundred years has been to show how humans and all other organisms on the Earth arose through the process of evolution. Learning about evolution can be an extraordinary, exciting and inspiring experience for children.  Teachers should aim to explain why evolution by natural selection is the only known way of understanding all the available evidence. In order to assist them, the Royal Society will be sending all teacher training colleges a booklet on evolution to provide information and advice to all new teachers."