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Schools in England do not need to give non-religious views "equal air time" and should continue to teach pupils that the UK is a principally Christian country, new education guidelines say.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan issued the advice a month after the High Court ruled that the new religious studies GCSE wrongfully excluded atheism.
Humanist groups said the legal verdict had "implications" for the curriculum.
But Mrs Morgan said schools had the "freedom" to make their own decision.
After the High Court found against the government, ministers dropped plans to take the issue to the Court of Appeal.
But the new guidance issued by the Department for Education in England clarified that there would be no need to give non-religious beliefs "equal air time" in lessons, saying the court defeat had been on a "narrow, technical point".