The statement was the first major policy announcement by Morgan, a committed Christian. It came in the wake of the Operation Trojan Horse case; an organised attempt by Islamists to covertly co-opt schools.  

It followed a government consultation on childminding agencies, which drew responses from professionals, local authorities and parents. The British Humanist Association called for funding to be withdrawn if creationism or extremist views were taught.  

In its response to the consultation, the Department of Education said that local authorities ‘must not  fund the early education entitlement through providers that fail to actively promote fundamental British values, or which promote as evidence-based views or theories that are contrary to established scientific or historical evidence’.