Christian fundamentalist schools are teaching children creationism is fact, that gay people are “unnatural” and that girls must submit to men, according to a series of claims. Former pupils and whistle-blowers have told The Independent that the schools, which originated in the US but are now dotted around the UK and registered as independent or private schools, teach children at isolated desks separated by “dividers” from other students.

It is thought more than a thousand children are being taught at dozens of schools, although little is known about them. “No one outside the schools knows about what happens inside them, that’s why they’ve been able to go on like this for so long,” a former pupil said. FULL REPORT